Author Archives: Conor Smyth

Happy as Lazzaro

April 9th, 2019 | by Conor Smyth

  Reality slips and slides in Happy as Lazzaro (“Lazzaro Felice”), the third feature from Italian film-maker Alice Rohrwacher, a …


April 9th, 2019 | by Conor Smyth

Bam! A flash of lightning hits and, just like that, D.C.’s moviescape jolts into life, pumped up on the wisecrack …

The Dig

March 28th, 2019 | by Conor Smyth

The Irish bog is fertile metaphorical soil. It’s dank, ancient, unforgiving. It brings you down and sucks you in and …


March 11th, 2019 | by Conor Smyth

Like Sebastián Silva’s previous films, Tyrel walks the tightrope between psychological drama and out-and-out horror. Interpersonal conflicts come to the …


March 1st, 2019 | by Conor Smyth

“My life is dogshit.” Zain El Hajj, the young protagonist of Nadine Labaki’s third feature Capernaum, which competed for the Foreign …

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