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Welcome to the Author Archive for Ciara Wardlow




ciara-wardlow.jpg Ciara Wardlow, Film Critic: Ciara writes about film, television, and occasionally science-y things. She lives in Harlem. Sometimes she tries to be funny on Twitter and you can email her here.








NYFF Review: ‘MLK/FBI’ Provides a Much-Needed Re-Education


On VOD: All-Star Cast Makes ‘Misbehaviour’ Worthwhile Easy Viewing


Review: Uneven but Worthwhile ‘Kajillionaire’ Explores Family Ties, Keeps Things Weird


Review, With Spoilers: Grossly Misguided 'Antebellum' Thinks Trauma Is Empowering for Some Stupid Reason


Review: ‘Unpregnant’ Is a Charming Joyride with Important Things to Say


'The Social Dilemma' Looks to Spark Important Conversations but Yikes Those Re-Enactments


Drab ‘Measure For Measure’ Takes Shakespearian Problem Play and Adds More Problems


Review: ‘I Used to Go Here’ Exceeds Expectations with Witty Take on Life’s Disappointments


Review: 'She Dies Tomorrow' Kills Stellar Concept with Tepid Execution


Review: If You Still Feel Joy, ‘The Painted Bird’ Can Fix That


Review: Fascinating ‘Showbiz Kids’ Documentary Feels Like It Would Have Been a Better Docuseries


Review: ‘Warrior Nun’ Commits the Cardinal Sin of Being F**king Boring


Review: Haunting Horror 'Relic' Will Make You Want to Call Your Mother


Review: 'First Cow' Crafts a Greed Parable as Wholesome as a Glass of Milk


Don’t Fall for the Impossible Promise of DNA Ancestry Kits


Review: Horrifically Uninspired 'You Should Have Left' Details Nightmare Scenario of Man Feeling Responsible for His Actions


Review: 'Miss Juneteenth' Paints a Rousing, Quietly Radical Portrait of Black Womanhood


Review: 'Shirley' Eschews Tired Biopic Tropes for a Similarly Trite Descent into Deranged Lesbian Longing


Review: Hypnotically Eerie 'The Vast of Night' is Must-See Sci-Fi


Review: ‘Valley Girl’ is a Mildly Entertaining Musical Journey Full of People Who Can’t Sing


Review: ‘Selah and the Spades’ is a Mood, But Not Much of a Movie


Review: Hopelessly Uninspired 'Like A Boss' Unlikely to Entertain


Review: 'The Hunt' Chases its Own Tail for Two Hours Because F*ck You, That’s Why


Our COVID-19 Response Has a Typhoid Mary Problem


Review: 'Emma' Presents a Refreshingly Unsentimental Take on an Austen Classic


Review: ‘Downhill’ Is Fine, Just Fine but Julia Louis-Dreyfus Deserves Better


Spoiler Review: Horrifically Bleak but Hardly Horrifying ‘The Lodge’ Not Worth the Trip


Review: “The Turning” Reboots Iconic Horror Tale as Tepid Garbage


Review: ‘1917’ Shares A Familiar Story Made Fantastic in the Telling


Review: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ is Dumb as a Post But at Least It Tries


'Take Shelter' Tackles Fear with Fearless Eloquence


Taika Waititi Taught Old Tropes New Tricks in the 2010s' Most Hilariously Heartfelt Adventure


Review: Scorsese's 'The Irishman' is a Blast from the Past and a Glimpse of the Future


Review: 'Playing with Fire' Lacks Any Spark of Life


Review: 'Harriet' Delivers Important Commentary in an Unfortunately Conventional Package


5 Historic Oddities Hidden in the Disney+ Lineup


Why Are Y'all Stumping ‘Joker’ When ‘The Invisible Man’ Was Here All Along?


NYFF Review: 'Varda by Agnès' is a Heartfelt Farewell from a Cinematic Icon


NYFF Review: 'The Whistlers' Brings Entertainment, Leaves no Lasting Impression


NYFF Review: The Refreshingly Sharp-Witted, Sci-Fi Adjacent Neo-Western, 'Bacurau'


'Mindhunter' Season 2 Hurts Your Feelings in All the Best Ways


Season 3 of 'GLOW' is a Fun Ride Stuck in Stasis


How 'Derry Girls' Laughs in the Face of Toxic Masculinity


Requiem for the Irish Skeletons in Martin Scorsese’s Cinematic Closet