Don’t expect any joy in the grim pursuit of Kicks

C+

How grim can a movie get before it starts to feel like a slog? Justin Tipping’s Kicks doesn’t seem designed to provoke or answer that question. It’s well made, compelling, and no more of a miserablist wallow than any number of film-festival refugees. Yet the movie’s persistent grimness keeps compounding in a way that…

The Tribeca Film Festival has started to find its identity in 2016

I live in New York City, and despite the crowds and the ridiculous prices, it’s a great place to see a movie. Actually, it’s a great place to see lots and lots of movies, which is why, in my heart of hearts, I’m committed to a major cineaste sin: Deep down, I kind of prefer the Tribeca Film Festival to the classier,…