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.
8 days ago | Film Reviews
It's a question the movies ask again and again: How should a person grieve? In Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson’s slow-burn pseudo-mystery Claire in Motion, a talented mathematics professor named Claire Hunger (Betsy Brandt) realizes her amateur ...
It's a question the movies ask again and again: How should a person grieve? In Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson's slow-burn pseudo-mystery Claire in Motion, a talented mathematics professor named Claire Hunger (Betsy Brandt) realizes her...
29 days ago | Film Reviews
I shouldn’t have to explain why Fences, the August Wilson play set in the 1950s and now adapted for the screen, is important. If you’ve stepped anywhere near the theater — and I mean the playhouse here — you’ve read, seen, or heard about it. Wilso...
30 days ago | Film Reviews
In the pantheon of American First Ladies, Jacqueline Kennedy was no Eleanor Roosevelt. She didn’t push for policy, didn’t relinquish her pillbox hat to walk among the needy, didn’t travel to foreign countries as an ambassador and certainly didn’t ...
Natalie Portman has had a small succession of parts that have allowed her expand beyond stereotypical female roles, but her Jackie Kennedy, which never gives into the Lady Macbeth insanity that it could have, is the pinnacle of her performances....
August Wilson tuned his ear by listening to the cadence and diction of the people in his working-class neighborhood of Pittsburgh's Hill District, where most of his plays are set. When Fences premiered in 1983, the language was a welcome...