Film Reviews

  • <em>Where Y'at Magazine's</em> Top Movies of 2017

    Where Y'at Magazine's Top Movies of 2017

    Where Y'at Magazine's chief film critics, David Vicari and Fritz Esker, share their favorite pictures of the year, many of which are still playing in...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em>

    Dueling Critics: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Fritz: Disney continues its quest to release a new Star Wars film from now until the end of the world with The Last Jedi. It's episode 8 of 9 for the main series. It's...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>The Shape of Water</em>

    Dueling Critics: The Shape of Water

    Fritz: With some movies, it's really hard to discuss them without getting into spoilers. How do you talk about Psycho without discussing its iconic scene/plot twist halfway...

  • 2017?s Overlooked Film Performances

    2017’s Overlooked Film Performances

    Every year, the Oscars hand out awards in four acting categories. Often, the winners and nominees have done outstanding work (Emma Stone and Mahershala Ali thoroughly deserved...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>The Disaster Artist</em>

    Dueling Critics: The Disaster Artist

    Fritz: It's hard to explain the legendary bad movie The Room. It is written and directed by its star, Tommy Wiseau, a man with a thick accent and a complete inability to read...

  • Hidden Halloween Horrors

    Hidden Halloween Horrors

    Here is a handful of lesser-known horror movies that are perfect for Halloween night viewing. All are available on home video or to stream. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare...

  • New Orleans Film Festival Review: <em>Last Flag Flying</em>

    New Orleans Film Festival Review: Last Flag Flying

    Writer/director Richard Linklater, recently the subject of a PBS American Masters documentary, continues his distinguished career with the fine film Last Flag Flying. It played...

  • Louisiana Filmmakers Look to Have Film Greenlighted in National Competition

    Louisiana Filmmakers Look to Have Film Greenlighted in National Competition

    Louisiana filmmakers—Breaux Bridge’s Brian Richard, Broussard’s Hunter Burke, Lafayette’s Nick Lavin, Arnaudville’s Teri Wyble, and New Iberia’s...

  • Top 20 Horror Films of All-Time

    Top 20 Horror Films of All-Time

    For horror film fans, October is a big month, movie and spirit-wise, and Where Y’at wants to count down some of the best movies for this spooky, fun-filled time of year. Some...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>Battle of the Sexes</em>

    Dueling Critics: Battle of the Sexes

    Fritz: The fight against sexism is still an important, emotional issue in America, whether it's during a presidential campaign or the endless online abuse women journalists...

  • Dueling Critics: <em>Alien: Covenant</em>

    Dueling Critics: Alien: Covenant

    Fritz: 1979's Alien is a classic and 1986's Aliens is one of the best sequels ever made and may even be superior to its predecessor. But ever since, the franchise has...

  • 20th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival Opens April 21

    20th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival Opens April 21

    The New Orleans French Film Festival is a spring rite of passage in the Crescent City. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual event, held in partnership with the...

  • The Overlooked Film Performances of 2016

    The Overlooked Film Performances of 2016

    Every year, many deserving actors receive Golden Globe & Oscar nominations. And this year, terrific performances like Emma Stone’s in La La Land and Casey Affleck’s...

  • Dueling Critics: Everybody Wants Some!!

    Dueling Critics: Everybody Wants Some!!

    Dueling Critics: Everybody Wants Some!!   During the weekend before classes begin, a group of college baseball players has their last hurrah with nonstop partying in...

  • Film Review: The Jungle Book

    Film Review: The Jungle Book

    **1/2 stars (out of four)   On a visual level, director Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man, Chef) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is a marvel....

  • Film Review: Midnight Special

    Film Review: Midnight Special

    *** out of four   The Louisiana shot Midnight Special is a chase picture with a difference. It's exciting and tense, but also smart and even has a touch of the...

  • Dueling Critics: Demolition

    Dueling Critics: Demolition

    Dueling Critics: Demolition Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts & Chris Cooper After his wife dies in a car crash, an investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) shows no emotion...

  • Open Screen New Orleans

    Open Screen New Orleans

    Open Screen is a chance to get your short film shown. This Saturday, November 14th, you can show up to the Always for Pleasure Festival and share you film. Any film! It can be a...

  • Amanda deLeon: Batibat

    Amanda deLeon: Batibat

    New Orleans fashion designer Amanda deLeon has created a fashion film, Batibat, as a way to showcase her AW ’15 collection. The short fashion film made its debut on popular...

  • Orange is the New Black: Season 2 Review

    Orange is the New Black: Season 2 Review

    Devoted fans were left shocked at their computer screens during the Orange is the New Black season one finale last year. We had grown attached to protagonist Piper...

  • Timecode:NOLA Indie Film Fest 3

    Timecode:NOLA Indie Film Fest 3

    Timecode:NOLA’s Independent Film Fest is a festival where filmmakers make movies just for the fest. There is a super 8 film contest with a live piano player improvising the...

  • Dueling Critics: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

    Dueling Critics: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

    Fritz: Eight movies were nominated for Best Picture this year. Three of them (Boyhood, Whiplash, The Grand Budapest Hotel) made my best list and the other five I would at least...

  • Prytania Theater's 100 Year Anniversary

    Prytania Theater Celebrates 100th Birthday

    1914.  World War I began.  The Panama Canal officially opened.  Charlie Chaplin starred in his second film.  And the Prytania Theater opened in Uptown New...

  • 2014 Movie You May Not Have Seen...But Should

    2014 Movies You May Not Have Seen...But Should

    Grand Piano – A famous pianist (Elijah Wood) making a comeback after a breakdown receives a message that he will be killed if he plays one wrong note. Silly premise is made...

  • 2014 Performances Oscar Will Unfairly Ignore

    2014 Performances Oscar Will Unfairly Ignore

    Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy
    Action movie acting is almost always overlooked by the academy. But all worthwhile blockbusters need a solid center. In Guardians of the...

  • Unbroken

    Unbroken

    **1/2 stars out of **** It’s never ideal to read a book before seeing its movie adaptation. No matter how much one tries to view the two as completely separate entities,...

  • New Orleans Independent Film Podcast

    New Orleans Independent Film Podcast

    All Dat Flickers ~ Episode 2 Do The Right Thing Where Yat Film Critic Bill Arceneaux revisits Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing in light of current events. Local filmmaker...

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell

    Why Don't You Play in Hell

    **** out of ****

    If you can recall the John Waters film Cecil B. Demented, I want to be friends with you. It’s not widely regarded as one of Waters’ best,...

  • The Homesman

    The Homesman

    *** stars **** Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones makes his 2nd feature film (he’s also done two for TV) with the unconventional Western The Homesman. Based on the...

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