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.
3 hours ago | Film Reviews
Keep your eyes on the magician’s hands. She’ll attempt to distract you with compliments and silly quips, but her most effective feint will be the story she tells as she shuffles the cards. She might give quaint mention to a lover’s spat between th...
Keep your eyes on the magician's hands. She'll attempt to distract you with compliments and silly quips, but her most effective feint will be the story she tells as she shuffles the cards. Anyway, that's one way it could go. In J.D. Dillard's...
14 days ago | Film and TV
In Netflix’s new teen-suicide drama series 13 Reasons Why, pretty-boy Marcus (Steven Silver) tells good-guy Clay (Dylan Minnette) that whatever the kids did to Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) to make her kill herself was no different than what h...
27 days ago | Film Reviews
Niki Caro has the rare ability to elevate what could be emotionally manipulative schlock to earnest art. To judge by the trailer, her low-budget breakthrough feature Whale Rider (2003) seemed a straightforward children’s drama about a girl overcom...
Director Niki Caro (Whale Rider; McFarland, USA) has the rare ability to elevate what could be emotionally manipulative schlock to earnest art. Now she's brought her skills to a period piece about the Warsaw Zoo's husband-wife caretakers...
1 month ago | Film Reviews
To understand how Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending might disappoint you if you’ve read the suspenseful, tear-jerking Julian Barnes novel on which it’s based, you should think back to Batra’s much-lauded debut feature The Lunchbox (2013). In t...