Belfast

In an effort to create a crowd-pleasing story of youthful exuberance in the face of adversity, the director seems afraid to think big, and Belfast suffers for it. Share this Share this Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical drama about The Troubles is undermined by its depthless and apolitical tone.After spending a few years punching out lacklustre studio blockbusters, Kenneth Branagh has opted for a more personal project in Belfast, a drama based on his own experiences growing up in the Northern Irish capital amid flaring tensions between Catholics and Protestants. Uninspired, too,…

Memory Box

Falling short, too, is any substantial interrogation of the effects of the Lebanese Civil War: for Maia, personally, or her generation as a collective. Set in present day Montreal, Maia (Rim Turki) is single mother to teenage daughter Alex (Paloma Vauthier). When a box containing Maia’s old diaries, albums and cassettes is mailed to her by an old friend – to whom she had entrusted these treasures when she fled Lebanon in the late ’80s – Alex decides to pore over her mother’s keepsakes in private. Still, there are so…

Josephine Decker pivots to YA lite in the trailer for The Sky Is Everywhere

While it’s easy to see this teamup with A24 and Apple TV as the latter half of the “one for me, one for them” paradigm for Decker, there’s no reason to assume she won’t bring the sum total of her talents to bear on this job, kid stuff as it might appear. All the while, her journey takes metaphorical form in music, as the clarinetist tries to regain the joy required to make her art. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Though she’s primarily known for…