Film Reviews by Joanne Laurier

George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky: Not doing a good job of looking after the planet

By Joanne Laurier, 13 January 2021

The Midnight Sky, a post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by George Clooney, is done with some care and sensitivity, but ends up primarily as an exercise in resignation.

Once Upon a River: A Native American girl wanders the waterways

By Joanne Laurier, 6 January 2021

The movie follows a Native American teenager through various trials and tribulations. Set in western Michigan in the 1970s, Once Upon a River recounts the adolescent’s supposed emotional education.

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Accattone (1961) and the “passion for life, for reality”

By Joanne Laurier, 19 July 2017

Accattone is the story of Rome’s “subproletariat,” in Pasolini’s phrase, and its plight, dramatically concentrated in the “Passion” of one impoverished man.