April Wolfe is the film critic for L.A. Weekly. Her criticism and features also appear in other Voice Media Group publications and in VMG's film partner the Village Voice. She's written for The Atlantic, Marie Claire, CityLab, Vice and many others, and she's the founder and a producer of One Axe Plays, a film and theater collective for women writers and directors. As a filmmaker, she's produced a feature film, written and directed a handful of shorts and worked in creative development as a top-level story analyst.
The poor souls populating Ari Aster's soul-shaking slow-horror film Hereditary slide, over the film's running time, ever closer to their inevitable fates, as though their paths were preordained. I mean that not just in the movie sense that...
Here's a bit of wisdom that I suspect Drew Pearce, the writer/director of stylish action drama Hotel Artemis, gleaned while making his film: If you have very little time reserved for emotionally resonant moments, put Jodie Foster in...
17 days ago | Film and TV
... While John Wick is all action, no talk, Artemis is the polar opposite, Pearce stretching out the will-they-won’t-they (kill each other) tension as long as possible, until every violent criminal is trapped in this hotel
18 days ago | Film and TV
The horror of Hereditary lays not just in scary images but in creeping sense that free will is a joke, and bad luck can be as inescapable as a family curse
19 days ago | Film and TV
In both the archives and in Novack’s footage, Talley appears so fully himself in every one of his garishly fascinating caftans that it’s difficult not to admire him or the endless knowledge of history and design (specifically Russian) he can spout...
When Bill Gunn's experimental horror feature Ganja & Hess (1973) premiered at Cannes, it received a standing ovation and the critics' choice prize, but when it came to releasing the film, its green producers, who'd commissioned Gunn to...