Zander Kim

The Antihero Allure

Trouble with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

In the past two years, popular television and film have seen a thematic shift from despicable antiheroes to warmhearted stories about likable people, perhaps as a counter against current events. NBC’s sophomore series This is Us, a family drama, and ABC’s freshman show The Good Doctor, a medical drama that focuses on an autistic surgeon,…

Suburbicon (Kira Widjaja)

Disaster in ’50s Dreamland

Suburbicon is Suburbibad

George Clooney is a prolific actor and a respected director, who, since his first film behind the camera in 2002, the well-received Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, has directed exactly one film every three years. Clooney is assuredly quite selective with his projects, which makes his newest release, Suburbicon, a film about a picture-perfect white…

We’re All in Moonee’s World

Living Like Children in The Florida Project

A child’s imagination is magical, even in uninspiring places. For six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), that place is in central Florida, near the enchanting Disney World. Living with her unmotivated, single mother Halley (played by first-time actress Bria Vinaite) in a pink and purple tawdry motel ironically named the Magic Castle, Moonee transforms the lower-class streets…

Stronger Seo Jung Shin

Boston Strong?

Hometown Hero Struggles in ‘Stronger

What makes a hero, and who decides who is one? Director David Gordon Green sets out to answer this question in Stronger, which follows Jeff Bauman, a resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, who lost his legs from the knees down in the terrorist bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Based on Bauman’s autobiography of the…