After the last crumb of pumpkin pie crust has been dabbed off the plate, chances are, if you’re reading this, one of your first inclinations will be to spend what remains of the long holiday weekend at the movies. What follows is absolutely not a comprehensive overview of every film currently listed on every marquee in the country, but rather, a few pointers to a selection of some of the most significant writing about a handful of films opening within the past week or two that are all but guaranteed to appear on a good number of best-of-2018 lists.
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has already topped one of those lists, Stephanie Zacharek’s in Time. The winner of the Golden Lion in Venice is based on Cuarón’s memories of growing up in the titular neighborhood in Mexico City in the 1970s and focuses on a family very much like his own as seen through the eyes of their maid and nanny (played by nonprofessional actor Yalitza Aparicio). “Cuarón uses one household on one street to open up a world, working on a panoramic scale often reserved for war stories, but with the sensibility of a personal diarist,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. “It’s an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece.”