Rarely will images of mighty concrete and stone dwellings set against tranquil waters or a gentle spring shower resonate so powerfully as those on display every day in the southern Indiana city of Columbus, captured so breathtakingly in the film that bears its name.. Read the full review here.
Author: Stephanie Merry
The director’s greatest strength lies in creating a mood. Columbus is melancholy without being morose, and talky without forced cleverness. The drama is a realistic and methodical meditation on family obligation, personal sacrifice and — of course — the power of architecture. That makes Columbus as lovely to look at as it is to ponder. Read the full review here.
Author: Justin Chang
What’s remarkable about this wondrously assured debut is that technique never overwhelms feeling, in part because Kogonada makes the two seem inextricably, harmoniously linked. Read the full review here.
Author: Oliver Jones
As much as it is about architecture, the film is also a love letter to movies themselves: the sense of majesty they can capture and the strange little worlds they allow us to discover. Read the full review here.
Author: Peter Travers
Love and personal ties are matters of life and death in the new trailer for Kogonada’s Columbus, which stars John Cho as Jin, a curious man whose father falls gravely ill, leaving him stranded in the film’s titular Indiana town where he strikes up a meaningful friendship with an architectural enthusiast, Casey (Haley Lu Richardson). Read the full story here.
Let’s construct a metaphor together wherein indie movies are like donuts in a bright pink box. Last week, the LA Film Festival lifted the lid on that box to reveal its 2017 competition lineup—U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, Nightfall and LA Muse. Read the full story here.
The Chicago Critics Film Festival has, in its brief, five year existence, quietly asserted itself as one of the city’s premiere showcases for exciting new American independent and foreign movie fare. My best bet for this year’s festival, which runs from Friday, May 12 through Thursday, May 18 at the Music Box Theatre, is John Carroll Lynch’s comedy/drama Lucky. Read the full story here.