The Front Row
Richard Brody offers notes on blockbuster movies, independent films, and documentaries.
The Best of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
The memorial power of “A Love Song for Latasha” and the view from the streets with the Hong Kong protesters in “Do Not Split.”
By Richard BrodyApril 6, 2021
“Godzilla vs. Kong,” Reviewed: A Monster Mush of Two Venerable Franchises
The new MonsterVerse movie is a distracting jumble that reduces the stakes of the mighty showdown nearly to a vanishing point.
By Richard BrodyApril 2, 2021
“Nobody,” Reviewed: Bob Odenkirk in a Delusional Fantasy of Redemptive Violence
The actor rebrands himself as an action hero in this clever yet blinkered drama of a retired government hit man.
By Richard BrodyMarch 29, 2021
Stream “Stephanie Daley,” a Bold and Insightful Film About Teen Pregnancy
In Hilary Brougher’s drama, from 2007, Amber Tamblyn plays a high-school student who is charged with killing her newborn baby.
By Richard BrodyMarch 26, 2021
Looking Behind Éric Rohmer’s Cinematic Style
There’s a radically conservative twist to the lyrical intellectualism of the French filmmaker’s work.
By Richard BrodyMarch 24, 2021
“Wojnarowicz,” Reviewed: A Discerning and Tragic Vision of the Artist and His Times
Drawing deeply on the artist’s archival materials, Chris McKim’s documentary considers the New York art scene of the nineteen-eighties and the politicized ravages of AIDS.
By Richard BrodyMarch 19, 2021
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” Reviewed: A Super-Slog of a Superhero Superspectacle
The comic-based material offers fascinating implications that the filmmaker never bothers to pursue.
By Richard BrodyMarch 18, 2021
The 2021 Oscar Nominations, and What Should Have Made the List
The virtues of these films are inseparable from the inspirations of the people who worked on them; it’s a pleasure to call attention to their artistry.
By Richard BrodyMarch 15, 2021
How to Think About Classic Hollywood’s “Problematic” Movies
“Reframed,” a new series on TCM, contextualizes racist portrayals in films such as “Gone With the Wind.” Perhaps more insidious are the many films whose sins were ones of omission.
By Richard BrodyMarch 11, 2021
The Best Movie Performances of the Century So Far
The best film performances of recent decades reflect radical changes in the art of filmmaking, and in the idea of performance itself.
By Richard BrodyMarch 6, 2021
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