January 30, 2023 7:28 pm

Roger Ebert Reviews

Sundance 2023: Aum: The Cult at the End of the World, Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV, The Stroll

A pattern is perceptible in this year’s Sundance’s US Documentary Competition. Though the common thesis—between a film about a Japanese cult, a movie concerning a Korean video artist, and a narrative by a transgender sex worker turned director—isn’t readily perceptible, it exists. Beyond these films comprising part of Sundance’s US Documentary competition, they also concern …

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Sundance 2023: Justice

Friday evening at the Sundance Film Festival saw the world premiere of “Justice,” a furious and enraging documentary that will change how we talk about the sexual allegations made public against Brett Kavanaugh back in 2018. Director Doug Liman’s debut as a documentarian owes a great deal to the style and approach of filmmakers Kirby Dick …

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Infinity Pool

It almost feels like ticket buyers should have to prove that they’ve seen Brandon Cronenberg‘s “Possessor” before being allowed admittance to his newest film, “Infinity Pool.” That way, they know what they’re in for. Once again, the increasingly impressive son of David Cronenberg has made a wildly surreal, unapologetic, violent, and pornographic movie about privilege, …

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Sundance 2023: Fantastic Machine, Milithusando, The Eternal Memory

Film is inherently a lens utilized to see the world. How we see the events happening around us, ultimately bending, distorting, and reporting their significance, is what makes the cinematic language not just one of sound and moving images but one that forces us to question our interpretation of the thoughts, feelings, and memories we …

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Sundance 2023: Against the Tide, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, 5 Seasons of Revolution

In the World Documentary Competition, three films center on cultures in flux. In Sarvnik Kaur’s ecological plea “Against the Tide” two fishermen from Bombay feel the tension of tradition versus modernity as overfishing threatens their way of life. In Anna Hints’ “Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” the cleansing power of Estonian sauna culture coupled with a sense …

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