Michael Snydel

[Review] Synchronicity

Late in Jacob Gentry’s thought-provoking but clumsy sci-fi time bender, Synchronicity, one character says to the other: “You have the power to cross the univers...

[Review] The Forest

Coming after Gus Van Sant’s critically torpedoed Sea of Trees, The Forest is the second recent movie to be set in Aokigahara, the mythic forest located at the b...

[Review] Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday originally came out more than two decades ago in Japan through Studio Ghibli, but Isao Takahata’s mature, humane slice of life drama couldn’t fee...

[Review] Joy

Joy is a small-stakes story told with the highest of energy. Over his last few films, David O. Russell has looked further inward, pushing his ensemble screwball...

[Review] The Big Short

The last decade has seen dozens of cinematic stories directly and indirectly affected by the 2007-08 financial crisis, but with the exception of Inside Job, non...

[Review] Boy and the World

Boy and the World is the animated Playtime that you never knew you wanted. Like Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, Boy and the World is a plea for the world to reclaim...