Michael Snydel

[Review] The Choice

For many, Nicholas Sparks’ adaptations are a dead horse that have been beaten with punishing predictability. Now released as annual installments, every new one ...

[Review] Hail, Caesar!

Dozens of films try to copy the Coens every year, and yet no one ever comes close. They have developed such a delicate, fluid witches' brew of talent behind and...

[Sundance Review] Embrace of the Serpent

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to ...

[Review] Jane Got a Gun

It’s a wonder that Jane Got a Gun is even out in theaters right now. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with its production headlines will have read about i...

[Review] Aferim!

Leave it to a Romanian director to make a movie that best expresses the dangers of the dyed-in-the-wool mindset of modern America. Culled partly from historical...

[Slamdance Review] Mad

We as a culture have only recently started a collective conversation about the realities of mental illness and the ways they effect us. Premiering at Slamdance,...