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Review: 'The Whaler Boy'

Russian writer-director Philipp Yuryev's coming-of-age feature, The Whaler Boy, is available for rental tomorrow via virtual cinemas and other VOD platforms. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

The Best Films of 2021

Our regular contributors at The Lens -- Kayla McCulloch, Joshua Ray, and Andrew Wyatt -- have assembled a list of their favorite films of 2021. No rankings here: Just a curated list of 30 excellent films that made 2021 a standout year for cinema. Adjust your Watchlists accordingly.

Review: 'A Hero'

Acclaimed director Asghar Farhadi's new drama A Hero screened this past November at SLIFF, and tomorrow it opens in select local theaters. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of the master Iranian filmmaker's latest:

Review: 'The Matrix Resurrections'

After 18 years, it's time to re-enter the Matrix. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review of Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections, opening in theaters tomorrow and simultaneously available to steam from HBO Max.

Review: 'Nightmare Alley'

Director Guillermo del Toro's remake / re-adaptation of the classic noir Nightmare Alley opens in theaters on Friday. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Being the Ricardos'

Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos is now playing in select theaters, and will be available to stream from Amazon Prime on December 21. At The Lens, critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'Benedetta'

Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven's long-awaited period drama about lesbian nuns in Renaissance Italy, finally opens in theaters tomorrow. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'El Planeta'

Amalia Ulman's debut feature El Planeta screens at the Webster University Film Series tomorrow. (One night only!) Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of this tongue-in-cheek comedy about two women navigating life in a Spain that's still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis:

Why 'Deathloop' Is the Game of the Year

Critic Andrew Wyatt takes a timeout from SLIFF to praise his favorite game of 2021, Arkane Studios' puzzle-box shooter, Deathloop. He calls it the "perfectly shaken whiskey sour" of AAA video games, and attempts to unpack why its design feels so fantastic:

SLIFF Spotlight: 'Skies of Lebanon'

As the final week of SLIFF rolls on, critic Kayla McCulloch spotlights another recommendation from this year's festival lineup: Chloé Mazlo's tone-, style-, and genre-hopping romantic drama, The Skies of Lebanon. Screening Thursday night!

SLIFF Spotlight: '18 ½'

Critic Kayla McCulloch spotlights another narrative feature at this year's St. Louis International Film Festival: Dan Mirvish's alternate-history screwball comedy, 18 ½. The film will be screening this Wednesday night at the Tivoli Theatre.

SLIFF Spotlight: 'Perfumes'

Critic Kayla McCulloch has an appreciation for one of the highlights of this year's St. Louis International Film Festival: Grégory Magne's sensual romantic drama, Perfumes.

Review: 'Antlers'

Director Scott Cooper's first foray into horror, Antlers, opens everywhere tomorrow. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Dune'

Director Denis Villeneuve's long-awaited adaptation of Dune finally opens in theaters everywhere this Friday, and will also be available to stream from HBO Max. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'Faya Dayi'

Director Jessica Beshir's debut feature Faya Dayi opened in select cities last month, and it will be screening nightly this weekend (Oct 15-17) at the Webster University Film Series. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Review: 'World of Fortune and Fantasy'

Critic Joshua Ray caught Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy at the New York Film Festival recently. At the Lens, he has a review of this latest feature from a filmmaker who is fast emerging as one of the greats of the 21st century:

Review: 'I'm Your Man'

Director Maria Schrader's sci-fi fable I'm Your Man opens locally this Friday, and will be available on VOD on Oct. 12. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review:

Robert Classic French Film Festival: 'Two English Girls'

The 13th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. Prior to the August 29 festival screening of François Truffaut's Two English Girls (1971), critic Robert Garrick provided an introduction to the film. A written version of this introduction can be found at CSL's The Lens:

Review: 'Isabella'

Director Matías Piñeiro'a Isabella opened in select cities earlier this month, and will screen nightly this Fri - Sun at the Webster University Film Series. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

The Beautiful Disarray of 'Wildermyth'

Critic Andrew Wyatt takes a break from film to look at the indie "tactical storytelling" game Wildermyth, examining how this whimsical, genre-bending RPG teaches players to embrace narrative messiness:

Review: 'The Nowhere Inn'

The Nowhere Inn, director Bill Benz's metafictional feature about the musician St. Vincent, opens today in theaters and is also available to rent from major online platforms. Critic Joshua Ray has a review:

Review: 'Blue Bayou'

Blue Bayou, the new drama from writer, director, and star Justin Chon, opens today in select theaters. At the Lens, critic Kayla McCulloch has a review:

Review: 'Days'

Tsai Ming-liang's Days opened in select U.S. cities last month, and will be screening nightly this Fri-Sun at the Webster Univeristy Film Series. Critic Andrew Wyatt has a review of the Taiwanese filmmaker's new drama, his first in eight years:

Review: 'Flag Day'

Director Sean Penn's Flag Day is now playing in theaters. Critic Kayla McCulloch has a review of the film, which is based on a true story and stars Penn's daughter, Dylan Penn:

Review: 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'

The new animated feature The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf premiered on Netflix last week, where it serves as a prequel to the streaming giant's live action series The Witcher and as standalone dark action-fantasy story. Critic Andrew Wyatt reviews this latest anime-style production from South Korea's Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender):