The Personal History of David Copperfield

As cinemas reopen in the U.S. after months of COVID closures, if ever there was a movie to watch on the big screen, Armando Ianucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield is it. This bustling, vibrant two-hour adaptation of Charles Dickens massive novel felt like a wonderful escape from being shut-in, locked down and cut […]

Puzzle

This is not a small film, but perhaps it will sound like that. Compared to the mega superhero franchises releasing during these stifling, muggy months, Puzzle may seem small by comparison. It’s quiet and gentle, even as it explores one woman’s major reassessment of her life thus far, as she steps beyond the strictures and […]

Viceroy’s House

When I learned of Gurinder Chadha’s next release, Viceroy’s House, I was pleased at the prospect of such a talented cast (Om Puri, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville), but I was also wary. First, for attempting this topic on film (as opposed to a mini-series) – it’s such a complex, sprawling story, how to […]

The Big Sick

It just occurred to me that The Big Sick is the second Secret White Girlfriend film I’ve seen in the past two years. The other was Meet the Patels. Like Ravi in that charming documentary, Kumail Nanjiani’s character (a fictionalized version of his real self) is a South Asian man in his late 20s attempting […]