Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly>.
In Stronger, David Gordon Green's drama about resilience and trauma after the Boston Marathon bombing, the unthinkable occurs in a nicely downplayed scene, the explosion presented as it might have been if you were there, terror booming...
2 days ago | Film and TV
There’s no delicate way to say this, so I’ll just spit it out. I spent the first 10 minutes of Stronger, David Gordon Green’s eventually potent drama of trauma and recovery, trying to work out whether star Jake Gyllenhaal was intending to suggest ...
3 days ago | Film and TV
Darren Aronofsky's Mother! is so much movie that critics April Wolfe and Alan Scherstuhl have elected to sync up Pacific Rim-style to take it on. Warning: The discussion below delves right into what we might call spoilers if a movie like Mother! c...
7 days ago | Film and TV
Strong Island premieres on Netflix on Sept. 15 The tragic truth remains that all it takes in America for a white person to get away with killing a black person is for the white person to convince the right people — a judge, a jury, a prosecutor — ...
Hallie Meyers-Shyer's cheeringly low-key debut, Home Again, offers proof that someone making movies understands what Hollywood has in Reese Witherspoon. I hope this star and this new writer-director make a habit of pairing up. Witherspoon...
Netflix’s Fire Chasers Offers a Stunning Immersion Into the Ranks of the Firefighters Saving California15 days ago | Film and TV
Fire Chasers premieres Sept. 8 on Netflix The greatest surprise is the beauty. The gripping new Netflix documentary series Fire Chasers opens with visions of orange-and-black hell, of ash and apocalypse, of California homes and trees and horizons ...