film-reviews

‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ Turns the Killing of Shanann Watts Into a Queasy Found-Footage Documentary

The Netflix film draws from text messages, Facebook posts and other media to tell the story of Watts and her daughters’ murder. Rather than providing insight, though, it becomes an uncomfortable exercise in rubbernecking.

‘Ava’ and the Silly Trend of Sad Movie Assassins

Are you an expert killer in a high-octane action film? Well, as demonstrated by the new Jessica Chastain thriller, the odds are very good that, deep down, you’re a tormented, miserable cliché.

‘Kajillionaire’ Is a Con-Man Comedy About Escaping Your Parents

Miranda July’s Sundance smash stars Evan Rachel Wood as a stilted young woman controlled by her eccentric scam-artist mom and dad. It’s a sad, funny movie that explores how our families inevitably warp us.

In the Psychological Family Drama ‘The Nest,’ Home Is Where the Hate Is

A haunted-house movie without phantoms, this moody stunner stars Jude Law as a dad who moves his wife and children to London, causing them all to mysteriously implode in the process