Amy Guay

Boots Riley’s <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> Radicalizes Movie Magic

Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You Radicalizes Movie Magic


There is a scene in Sorry to Bother You — the much hyped debut film from multihyphenate screenwriter-director Boots Riley — wherein our protagonist Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is obliged to perform for wealthy, coked out partygoers. At first, expectations deflate around Cash’s lame attempt at freestyling until he begins half-rapping, half-shouting the n-word over…

Precise and Vivid, <i>Foxtrot</i> is a Striking Love Letter

Precise and Vivid, Foxtrot is a Striking Love Letter


Foxtrot begins with a faint. Men in uniform have come to the home of affluent Tel Aviv couple Michael and Dafna (Lior Ashkenazi and and Sarah Adler, respectively), their arrival a tacit announcement of tragedy: Michael and Dafna’s son has fallen in the line of duty. Backdropped by art that looks like grief itself—a framed…

Charlie Visconage on Color, Beginnings, and Doing it All

Charlie Visconage on Color, Beginnings, and Doing it All


Charlie Visconage is taking it easy. The 31-year-old Washington artist responsible for Cool Guy Alert!, a Hill Center exhibit on display from Jan. 4 to Feb. 24, recently donated a kidney to his father and is currently in the midst of a gradual recovery. Per doctor’s orders, Visconage has been avoiding lifting heavy objects by…

<i>Something Rotten!</i> is Infectious, Breezy Fluff

Something Rotten! is Infectious, Breezy Fluff


For much of the first act of Something Rotten!—the Tony-nominated musical comedy about two Renaissance-era brothers who can’t seem to escape William Shakespeare’s long shadow—our playwright protagonist Nick Bottom (Rob McClure) is down on his luck. Facing the bankruptcy of the troupe he manages with his poet brother Nigel (Josh Grisetti) and unable to provide…

Gorgeous and Gothic, <i>Phantom Thread </i> Probes the Dark Edges of Love

Gorgeous and Gothic, Phantom Thread Probes the Dark Edges of Love


Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest—a ravishing, strange film starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a fictional 20th century British couturier—is also, notably, Day-Lewis’ last. In 2017, the acting giant released a statement announcing his retirement, guaranteeing Phantom Thread all the publicity and pressure that accompanies the swan song of one of the most celebrated performers of a generation….

<i>For Ahkeem</i> Presents Black Lives Just As They Are

For Ahkeem Presents Black Lives Just As They Are


17-year-old Daje “Boonie” Shelton is a “bad kid.” Marked as such early on—a burden that, to hear her tell it, primed others to expect less of her in a depressingly predictable cycle—Daje is expelled from her public high school and ordered to attend Innovative Concept Academy, a court-supervised school that offers “delinquent teens” a chance…

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