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Film Review: Bad Lucky Goat

Film Review: Bad Lucky Goat

My suggestion for viewing Bad Lucky Goat? Relax and go with it. First-time director Samir Oliveros, who is based in Colombia, has created an offbeat charmer that could become an art house hit with the proper word of mouth.

Teenagers Cornelius “Corn” Denton (Honlenny Huffington) and his older sister Rita (Kiara Howard) are sent by their parents to pick up benches for their family’s hotel. Brother and sister bicker the entire time, to the extent that Rita takes her eyes off the road and kills a goat (played by Vincent Van Goat). She also wrecks their truck. Now Corn and Rita must work together to get the truck repaired and scrounge up money for payment without their parents’ knowing.

Along the way, they encounter local residents like pawnbroker Goldie (Ambrosio Huffington) and Rastafari drum maker Brother Rainbow (Elkin Robinson). Brother Rainbow and his group perform a wonderful number that makes music from natural elements.

The score, which features reggae, calypso, soca, and mento, is a standout. So are the shots of the Colombian island of Old Providence, where the film was shot. The actors, most of whom are nonprofessional, give naturalistic performances. Honlenny Huffington and Kiara Howard are entirely believable as the quarreling siblings.

You will likely figure out the major narratives arcs in advance but that is beside the point. For a film like this, the journey matters far more than the destination.

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Film Review: The Florida Project

Film Review: The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s new film, The Florida Project, is an unsentimental look at poverty and life on the edge. At the same time, it is a moving portrayal of a child’s ability to celebrate life even in the harshest of surroundings. Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) lives week to week with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) atContinue Reading

Film Review: Lucky

Film Review: Lucky

John Carroll Lynch’s film Lucky is a warts-and-all character study of the title character, played by the incomparable Harry Dean Stanton. This film makes no attempt to ingratiate itself, but will find its way into your heart just the same. We first meet Lucky at the beginning of a day-and his days are all prettyContinue Reading

Film Review: Victoria And Abdul

Film Review: Victoria And Abdul

Stunning visuals, a great Dench performance, muddled story Twenty years ago, Judi Dench played Queen Victoria in John Madden’s Mrs. Brown. In that film, the widowed and grieving Victoria recovered her joie de vivre thanks to a brash Scottish servant played by Billy Connolly. Now Ms. Dench stars in Stephen Frears’ Victoria And Abdul, whichContinue Reading

Film Review: Sieranevada

Film Review: Sieranevada

Saying the Romanian film Sieranevada does not feel as long as it is might appear to be a backhanded compliment. The story, which takes nearly three hours to tell, takes place largely within the confines of an apartment. There is some action, but much more talk. The viewer must work to understand relationships between Sieraneveada’sContinue Reading

Film Review: Between Worlds

Film Review: Between Worlds

Israel’s Between Worlds is an intriguing film about an unexpected friendship between two women, one of whom uses a false identity. Director/ screenwriter Miya Hatav lets the audience in on the reason for the deception, which adds a note of tension throughout. A young man named Ulli is taken to a Jerusalem hospital after beingContinue Reading

Film Review: Still Tomorrow

Film Review: Still Tomorrow

Jian Fan’s documentary Still Tomorrow is an unpretentious, haunting film about poet Xiahua Yu. Like the poems written by Ms. Yu, this film never tries to win you over. It simply presents its case with such dignity that you surrender to it of your own accord. Yu came to national attention in 2015 when herContinue Reading

Film Review: Brigsby Bear

Film Review: Brigsby Bear

Dave McCary’s Brigsby Bear is an eccentric, sweet-natured film that succeeds largely because of a winning performance by Kyle Mooney. This is a promising debut for director McCary and star Mooney (who also co-wrote with Kevin Costello). Although you may have seen elements of this film before, it is not likely you have seen themContinue Reading

Landline

Landline

Gillian Robespierre made a successful directorial debut with 2014’s Obvious Child, which mixed rom-com elements with the decidedly unfunny subject of abortion. Her new comedy, Landline, tackles the relationship between two sisters and how it is affected by their father’s infidelity. For reasons best known to Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm, the story takes placeContinue Reading

Film Review: Lady Macbeth

Film Review: Lady Macbeth

William Oldroyd’s film Lady Macbeth has nothing to do with the Shakespeare play. The film adapts Nikolai Leskov’s nineteenth-century novel, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk, and moves it to northeast England. It is a stark jewel of a film with one whale of a performance from Florence Pugh in the title role. Leskov’s novel was publishedContinue Reading