REVIEWS

Sundance Sparks Hope for Women in Film

The Sundance Film Festival attracts critics, distributors, celebrity-sightseers, and movie-lovers alike to the snowy locale of Park City, UT for 10 days in January. The intimate loveliness of Park City seems picturesque and unassuming but the films that premiere here often become Oscar winners. “Call Me By Your Name” and “Get Out” were among last year’s programming. But for this year’s festival, which ran from January 18th to 28th, a number stood out: 37% of the films were directed by women. Although this statistic is nowhere near where it should be in 2018, it remains the highest percentage of women-directed films ever to be programmed at Sundance....

The Best Movies of 2017 That You Didn’t See

With all the acclaim buoying “Lady Bird” in awards season, it’s easy to forget about another charming little film set in relatively the same period with many of the same themes, “Landline.” Jenny Slate steers this funny, family drama about two sisters Dana and Ali (played by Slate and Abby Quinn), their complicated, feuding parents Alan and Pat (John Turturro and Edie Falco), plus Dana’s beleaguered boyfriend Ben and her one night stand Nate (Jay Duplass and Finn Wittrock)....