April Wolfe is the film critic for L.A. Weekly. Her criticism and features also appear in other Voice Media Group publications and in VMG's film partner the Village Voice. She's written for The Atlantic, Marie Claire, CityLab, Vice and many others, and she's the founder and a producer of One Axe Plays, a film and theater collective for women writers and directors. As a filmmaker, she's produced a feature film, written and directed a handful of shorts and worked in creative development as a top-level story analyst.
10 hours ago | Film and TV
Niki Caro has the rare ability to elevate what could be emotionally manipulative schlock to earnest art. To judge by the trailer, her low-budget breakthrough feature Whale Rider (2003) seemed a straightforward children’s drama about a girl overcom...
7 days ago | Film and TV
Alice Lowe’s baby Della whacks two knives on the table as Lowe describes for me the nightmare she had before she knew she was pregnant: A horde of shadow selves in ninja gear were trying to kill her, and she had to battle Lowe after Lowe to surviv...
11 days ago | Film and TV
To understand how Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending might disappoint you if you’ve read the suspenseful, tear-jerking Julian Barnes novel on which it’s based, you should think back to Batra’s much-lauded debut feature The Lunchbox (2013). In t...
Ritesh Batra's The Sense of an Ending might disappoint you if you've read the suspenseful, tear-jerking Julian Barnes novel on which it's based. Batra kills the mystery part of its story -- about a 60-year-old man who comes to understand...
21 days ago | Film and TV
Almost no one ever asks young women what they desire — in movies or reality. Feminine cravings are still seen as a dire threat, a grand disturbance to the power structure, and the few movie men who dare speak the words “What do you want?” — like N...
There's a reason Zoey Deutch is often "the girl" in comedies. Her face expresses multitudes, and the funny guys need a woman with priceless reactions to sell their punch lines. But in Ry Russo-Young's light sci-fi teen drama Before I Fall,...