Don DeLillo's White Noise is a study in satire and humanity’s (particularly America’s) collective response to disaster and death, it’s just as relevant now as it was nearly forty years ago.
Chemical threat looms above the characters in Don DeLillo's White Noise after the Airborne Toxic Event, during which “a dark black breathing thing of smoke” threatens normalcy for the middle-class Gladney family.
Karmalink is a unique story that transcends the concept of rebirth and genre into a journey of what enlightenment means to the characters.
The latest summer romance, Wedding Season is directed by Tom Dey, follows an unlikely duo who team up together to be in a pretend relationship and get through the upcoming wedding season.
This current adaptation changes the game — or rather, attempts to make a modern makeover — and while certain elements work, there are some Austen purists who might not be too pleased with this movie.
Some things just stick to us, I’m told, and The Virgin Suicides, a story of suicide and suburbia, has been part of my soul since I first indulged myself in it.
This new animated feature from Netflix brings together an unlikely pair in a swashbuckling adventure that's fun for all ages.
Days of Daisy is a romantic comedy focused on Daisy, an aimless near 40-year-old who tries to find her place in adulthood.
Natalia Sinelnikova’s directorial debut We Might As Well Be Dead is a social satire film, which shows a dystopian world where the community selects people to live in a well-guarded high-rise apartment.
Doula, from directed Cheryl Nichols, tells the story of Deb (Troian Bellisario), a pregnant woman navigating the relationship with her new live-in doula (Will Greenberg).
2022 is halfway through, so it's time to take a look at some of our favorites from the year so far.
Sydney takes a look at the new “Drew-niverse” shows Nancy Drew and Tom Swift on the CW — and how they are putting unapologetically queer spins on beloved, classic characters.
Spiderhead, from director Joseph Kosinki, follows a scientist conducting experiments on prisoners in a reimagined prison system. The film does need live up to its intriguing premise.
Lee Sunday Evans' new drama The Courtroom offers viewers a front row experience of the American immigration court system.
Acid Test (2022), based on Jenny Waldo's short film of the same name, is a Riot Grrrl coming-of-age film that fails to live up to its edgy subject matter.
Immersive film Zanzibar: Trouble in Paradise brings audiences into the world of seaweed farmers Nasiri and Hindu, who are dealing with the devastating effects of the climate crisis.
It's not secret that lesbian films are often period pieces. Tina Kakadelis looks at this cinematic trend and what it says about film, representation, and the queer experience.
Cooper Raiff’s Cha Cha Real Smooth can be described as a will-they-or-won’t-they love story, but the essence of the story is about a post-college adult trying to figure his life out. Nuha Hassan reviews the new Apple TV+ film.
Fashion Reimagined, directed by Becky Hutner, takes audiences behind the scenes of Amy Powney's journey to changed Mother of Pearl's business model and create a sustainable fashion brand.
Anna Baumgarten’s feature debut Disfluency has a lot to say about how trauma affects everything. Film Critic Nuha Hassan takes a look at this new film.
Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams’ Neptune Frost is an afro-futurist spectacle with poetic musical and groundbreaking themes. Nuha Hassan reviews this new film, which is unlike anything else.
In recent years, comic book movie franchises have hired directors outside of the superhero and science fiction genres to direct some of their major works. Rebecca Holland takes a look at this new trend.
Nuha Hassan reviews On the Count of Three (2022), Jerrod Carmichael's film about two best friends in a suicide pact.
In recent years, TV shows about scammers have been popularized from the myriad adaptations of Elizabeth Holmes story to the Netflix documentaries White Hot and Bad Vegan. Mackenzie Manley takes a look at why these are part of the zeitgeist.
Nuha Hassan reviews The Innocents, a psychological thriller/slasher with children with supernatural abilities at the forefront.
Nuha Hassan reviews Season 2 of Prime Video's Undone. The visually stunning series transcends creativity by using rotoscoping and live action.
America's Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn discusses how the Western grasslands have changed over time and what animals must now do to survive.
Nuha Hassan reviews Happening, a drama from Audrey Diwan, which follows a woman named Anne as she tries to get an abortion.
The 45th International Environmental Film Festival hosts its virtual festival from May 1 to May 7. Featured films include America's Heartland: Wild Prairie Reborn, The Otter, A Legend Returns, and My Dragon River.
Nuha Hassan reviews 9 Bullets, a crime drama that has the potential to be an interesting, but leaves audiences disappointed.
The film industry has long been destructive to the environment. Now more than ever, filmmakers and producers need to incorporate sustainable film and TV production practices to reduce their carbon footprint.
Sydney Bollinger interviews filmmaker Laura Torenbeek of Green Film Productions about filmmaking and sustainability.
Sydney discusses what the end of the world means for our stories and why narratives about climate change are important as we continue the fight.
Nuha Hassan reviews Father, a Serbian film based on the true story of a man who walked to Belgrade to reunite with his children.
Nuha Hassan reviews Jessica Hester and Derek Schweickart's Coast, a coming-of-age film about a young teenager desperate to figure out where she belongs in the world.
Sydney Bollinger reflects on her experience at DCEFF and discusses some of her favorite films from the festival. She also previews Earth Month at Thursday Matinee.
Nuha Hassan reviews Kwon Oh-Seung's Midnight, a Korean horror-thriller starring Wi Ha-joon of Squid Game fame.
Sydney Bollinger reviews Beans, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Tracey Deer. The film follows Mohawk preteen Beans during the summer of the Oka Crisis.
Nuha Hassan reviews Roshan Sethi's 7 Days, a pandemic movie that proves the genre's bias toward cinematic escaptism.
While environmental films have definitely gained popularity since the start of the millennium, the past twenty or so years just represents a recent boom in a nearly century-long tradition. Its storied history began with the work of Pare Lorentz in the late 1930s.
Sydney Bollinger revies 'Exposure' (2021), the story of 11 women who set out on what may be the last ski adventure to the North Pole.
Sydney Bollinger reviews Going Circular (2021) for DCEFF30. The film features for changemakers working on developing a circular economy.
Sydney Bollinger reviews Devil Put the Coal in the Ground (2021), a film about a West Virginia coal mining town and the coal industry's effects on the community.
Sydney Bollinger reviews Breaking Trail (2021), part of DCEFF30. The film follows the journey of Emily Ford, the first woman and first person of color to complete Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail in the winter.
Sydney Bollinger reviews Fruits of Labor (2021) at DCEFF, a stunning documentary about Latina teenager Ashley who balances adolescense with her job as a farmworker.
Sydney Bollinger reviews the five short films in DCEFF's Climate Connections Shorts I: Evidence and Advocacy, including Generation on Fire and Arctic Summer.
Nuha Hassan reviews Charlie McDowell's 2022 film Windfall, a Hitchcockian slow-burn thriller that sets the audience up for a twist.
The 30th Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (DCEFF30) begins Thursday, March 17, 2022. Sydney Bollinger previews the festival and the importance of environmental filmmaking.
Sydney loves Babylon Berlin and wants to tell you all about the opulent German neo-noir period drama. The series stars Volker Bruch and Liv Lisa Fries.
Nuha Hassan reviews Gold, a dystopian film with greed at its center. Gold is directed by Anthony Hayes and stars Zac Efron.
Nuha Hassan reviews Kim Farrant's The Weekend Away, a murder mystery with swirling dark secrets set against the backdrop of Split and Zagreb.
Nuha reviews Netflix's Don't Kill Me, a zombie movie that leaves audiences wanting more.
Howl is a man, a wizard, and an actual sex icon. He's also entirely fictitious. First represented on screen in Studio Ghibli's 2005 animated film Howl's Moving Castle, Howl is a handsome, but incorrigibly vain, wizard.
Catch the Fair One (2022) explores the themes of pain, rage, and frustration of dealing with the lack of help for the murdered and missing Indigenous women.
Sydney tells you about her first kiss and Rebecca Holland dives into the men of romcoms with a special look at Keanu Reeves, an actor who has always been a nice guy.
Book of Love is a charming addition to the romantic comedy genre, with wonderful performances by Sam Claflin and Verónica Echegui. The script written by Cal y Mayor is witty and uses traditional tropes, but isn’t an exhausting take on the genre.
Betty Draper may be TVs most complicated mothers. She may be childish and cruel on the surface, but underneath she stands out as one of Mad Men's best characters.
Nuha Hassan reviews Mother/Android, directed by Mattson Tomlin, the new post-apocalyptic film with artificial intelligence at the center.
in which Sydney shares her love for Nancy Drew and how it reintroduced her to online fandom and Rebecca questions what "real" fiction is.
in which I talk (briefly) about how The Doctor, Amy, and Rory, are my ultimate comforts; Scott shares the wonder that is Joe Pera Talks with You; and Kati recommends the ultimate comfort books.
in which Sydney explores the cool girl of the mid-2010s, Rebecca celebrates Rosamund Pike's greatness, and Kati recommends books perfect for any Rosamund Pike fan
in which Sydney explains why winter is so isolating, Rebecca sings the praises of SnowPiercer (the TV show), and Kati recommends the five coldest books she’s ever read.
in which Sydney details her top five 2021 theatrical releases and her top five watches of 2021
in which three writers offer different perspectives on everyone's favorite holiday film: A Christmas Story
in which Kelly explains how Miracle on 34th Street is actually a feminist classic and Francesco reminds us of Little Women's Christmas spirit
in which Sydney reviews In the Dark of the Grove by Jon Wesley Huff, an LGBTQ+ horror novel about a small Midwestern town
in which Sydney gets at the heart of wintery Gothic stories, Rebecca dives into the lives of women in Gothic stories, and Kati recommends one of the best books to be published in the past couple of years
in which Sydney tackles the complicated moral culture of The Hallmark Channel and Kati recommends a not-so-Hallmarkian wlw love story, which plays against the formulaic tropes
You didn’t miss last week’s issue—it was never released. I was sick and/or out-of-town for the past two weeks and am still recovering/catching-up. That said, Screen Break writer Kati wrote something really wonderful for last week’s issue and I want to share it with
in which Sydney shares that she has a soft spot for quaint villages with elderly sleuths and Kati discusses the future of cozy mysteries
in which Sydney explores why dark academia is so gay and Kati recommends a young adult dark academia novel that critiques conventional dark academia storytelling in favor of a new direction for the genre
in which Sydney gives a lesson on film theory, Andres discusses uncomfortable camera work in The Slumber Party Massacre, and Kati recommends reading from who might be the greatest sci-fi author ever.
in which Sydney lists some of the queer community’s favorite cult horror films and Kati discusses Emily Carroll’s rightful online following.
in which Sydney recaps medievalism in The Love Witch, Mikey P. Jr. discusses la Bruja in The Old Ways, and Kati (rightfully) brings witches back to the American South.
in which Sydney discusses why gay people love horror and Kati recommends what might be 2021's best book release of the year
in which Sydney shares a month-long themed horror watchlist and Kati gives you something spooky to read at the beginning of October
in which Sydney interviews Sarah and Ben from What's New Nancy Drew and Kati discusses the pulp goodness that is the Nancy Drew Files
Read the full conversation with What's New Nancy Drew. Spoilers for seasons 1 and 2.
in which I tell everyone why Kirsten Dunst may be the best actress ever, Sam Dixon lauds Dunst's performance in Melancholia, and Kati Bowden gives sad girls everywhere something to read
in which I proselytize the cinematic perfection that is Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and introduce official Screen Break correspondent Kati Bowden
in which Sydney discusses how Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired her love of film and where that took her cinematic education.