Critical Confabulations

a theatre, film & pop culture review

Film: Middle of Nowhere

Ava DuVernay shows affinity for graceful humanity & a focus on social justice before Selma.

August 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Girlhood

A French coming-of-age story smartly explores the empowerment of friendship in an otherwise limiting world.

June 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

Film: Hello, My Name Is Doris

Sally Field woos Max Greenfield in tonally confusing but charming Hello My Name Is Doris.

April 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Film: Advantageous

Advantageous offers intimate observations of womanhood in a genre so often synonymous with action-packed masculinity.

April 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Pariah

Writer-director Dee Rees takes inspiration from her own coming-out story for the Sundance hit, Pariah.

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Room

Emma Donoghue adapts her genre-defying novel Room for the screen, and earns an Oscar nom in the process.

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Refuge

Krysten Ritter stars in this film adaptation of Jessica Goldberg’s 1999 play about a young woman finding refuge in rural upstate New York.

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why I’m Not Covering the Oscars

#OscarsSoWhite and Bechdel Test failings have made awards season joyless. Here’s what I’m going to do about it.

January 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

Oscars 2015: Final Winner Predictions

My final winner predictions for the 87th Academy Awards.

February 21, 2015 · 2 Comments