Alex McPherson – Top Ten Films of 2020

Alex McPherson – Top Ten Films of 2020

By Alex McPherson2020 was a good year for movies, despite everything! Here are my top 10 films of the year, with 11 honorable mentions. There’s... Details
Cinema St. Louis Presents Award Winners in Best of Fest Jan. 22- 31

Cinema St. Louis Presents Award Winners in Best of Fest Jan. 22- 31

The 29th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) wrapped on Nov. 22, 2020, but Cinema St. Louis is providing cinephiles another opportunity to... Details
Vanessa Kirby Triumphs in Crushing ‘Pieces of a Woman’

Vanessa Kirby Triumphs in Crushing ‘Pieces of a Woman’

By Lynn VenhausA deeply personal story of loss, “Pieces of a Woman” is a young mother’s tough year-long journey of grief. It’s a hard watch,... Details
Powerful ‘Promising Young Woman’ Is Tale for Our Time

Powerful ‘Promising Young Woman’ Is Tale for Our Time

By Lynn VenhausBold and bravura filmmaking, writer-director Emerald Fennell has crafted a  powerful in-your-face rant on toxic masculinity in the #MeToo era. With a wicked... Details
Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Has Whimsy and Warmth

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Has Whimsy and Warmth

By Lynn VenhausOh, so clever and profound, “Soul” tackles life’s Big Questions with whimsy and warmth. An inspiring ode to mentors and finding our ‘spark,’... Details
Bleak ‘The Midnight Sky’ Never Warms Up

Bleak ‘The Midnight Sky’ Never Warms Up

By Lynn Venhaus Regret and redemption are threads running through this bleak post-apocalyptic tale that wants to have both a human touch and a big... Details
‘Driveways’ is a Wise, Beautiful Film

‘Driveways’ is a Wise, Beautiful Film

By Alex McPhersonLike a Christmas miracle, director Andrew Ahn’s new film, “Driveways,” restored my faith in humanity. Cody (Lucas Jaye) is a sensitive boy struggling... Details
‘Beasts Clawing at Straws’ Wild Tale with a Few Noticeable Scratches

‘Beasts Clawing at Straws’ Wild Tale with a Few Noticeable Scratches

By Alex McPhersonWriter-director Yong-hoon Kim’s crime thriller, “Beasts Clawing at Straws,” features memorable characters, an outrageous plot, and a fair amount of blood. A twisty... Details
Brosnahan Shines in ‘I’m Your Woman’ Crime Thriller Throwback

Brosnahan Shines in ‘I’m Your Woman’ Crime Thriller Throwback

 By Lynn VenhausJean is a terrible cook. But her gangster husband Eddie (Bill Heck) doesn’t mind that she is not Susie Homemaker. She wiles the... Details
‘The Prom’ Leaps to Big Screen with Big Stars, Message Intact

‘The Prom’ Leaps to Big Screen with Big Stars, Message Intact

By Lynn Venhaus Adapted from the 2018 splashy big-hearted Broadway musical, “The Prom” pops with color and pizzazz (or, in the show’s parlance, “Zazz.”). Vain... Details