The Front Row
Richard Brody offers notes on blockbuster movies, independent films, and documentaries.
“A Quiet Place Part II,” Reviewed: John Krasinski’s Limited View of Horror
He doesn’t see the world that he’s creating, only the story that he’s telling.
By Richard BrodyMay 26, 2021
“Tale of Cinema,” Reviewed: A Crucial Hong Sang-soo Film Finally Reaches Theatres
The South Korean director displays his ambitions in this drama about the milieu of filmmaking.
By Richard BrodyMay 24, 2021
Review: “The Woman in the Window” Is Junk with Visual Verve
Joe Wright’s adaptation of the best-selling book is a run-of-the-mill whodunnit with a persuasive vision of psychological chaos.
By Richard BrodyMay 17, 2021
“There Is No Evil,” Reviewed: A Powerful Feature About Iranian Executioners
Mohammad Rasoulof’s haunting new drama reveals horrific truths about the secrecy-shrouded practice of capital punishment in Iran.
By Richard BrodyMay 14, 2021
The Golden Globes Should Have Been Deplatformed Long Ago
The minor and troubled ceremony’s outsized role in Hollywood reflects other long-standing industry problems.
By Richard BrodyMay 11, 2021
Four Rarities from the TCM Festival
The festival this weekend features classics of wild comedy and bold politics.
By Richard BrodyMay 7, 2021
“The Sons of Sam,” Reviewed: A Netflix Docuseries Confronts a True-Crime Legend
The director Joshua Zeman follows another journalist into the Son of Sam story but leaves their friendship out.
By Richard BrodyMay 5, 2021
“The Disciple”: An Indian Classical Musician’s Conflicted Coming of Age
Chaitanya Tamhane’s extraordinary new feature explores the gap between the demands of adulthood and the slow gestation of a musical career.
By Richard BrodyApril 30, 2021
“Pebbles,” a Starkly Imagined Vision of Patriarchy and Poverty
New Directors/New Films presents an extraordinary first feature by the Indian director P. S. Vinothraj.
By Richard BrodyApril 27, 2021
A Restrained but Revitalized 2021 Oscars Ceremony
The show’s co-producer Steven Soderbergh had promised something unusual in this unusual year, and he delivered.
By Richard BrodyApril 26, 2021
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