Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.
3 days ago | Film and TV
Like the real 1980s, Stranger Things gets more unsettling as it goes. The opening episode of the Netflix show, created by the Duffer brothers, gives us swear-y, scruffy kids playing D&D and then, beneath a lavish suburban starscape, encounteri...
This loose, engaging coming-of-age crime story finds offhand beauty in Cleveland's streets and roofs, in skateboard reveries, in a squad of teens — led by Jorge Lendeborg Jr.'s Cisco and Moises Arias's Junior — grinding their boards in abandoned w...
Anna Gunn actually gets to do things in Meera Menon's expansive high-finance drama Equity, which is almost reason enough to recommend it right there. The Breaking Bad co-star tears into the role of a rainmaking banker taking a Silicon Valley compa...
The ludicrous but amusing teen social-media thriller Nerve is committed to pinning its characters into a world we understand as ours. It opens with Skype, Spotify, Gmail and Chrome, all on the MacBook screen of a mousily beautiful teen, Vee (Emma ...
5 days ago | Film and TV
Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! tells the kind of true story that makes you want to kick creation itself square in the crotch. Here's that firecracker soul singer, nearing her sixties, her boogie still majestic, her band still a tight retro ma...
11 days ago | Film and TV
Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice stands as the best, most revealing film about comedy people and one of the best about artistic collaboration. It's a boisterous and sensitive work of many facets: tender group portraiture, bang-on media satire, l...