Kristen Page-Kirby

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film, arts and entertainment for the Washington Post Express. In addition to features and reviews, her weekly column The Reelist explores contemporary issues in film. She has also moderated panels on film and television at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the Middleburg Festival, and Awesome Con.


Articles by Kristen Page-Kirby


Filmmaker Margaret Betts on NOVITIATE — Interview by Kristen Page-Kirby

Novitiate” is a love story about a girl in a relationship with a guy who just doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to her. It’s a fairly typical tale, except the girl is a 17-year-old nun in training and the guy is God. In the drama, opening Friday, Cathleen (played by Margaret Qualley) enters the (fictional) convent of the Sisters of Blessed Rose in 1964. She begins her journey toward becoming a nun with a one-year stint as a postulant, getting used to the daily routine of the convent. That’s followed by two years as a novitiate, when she is expected to make herself worthy of the habit. Overseeing her journey is the Reverend Mother (Oscar winner Melissa Leo), who rules her convent with a terrifying power — a power she feels is threatened by the ongoing Second Vatican Council, which is making substantial changes regarding the role of nuns in the Roman Catholic Church. Continue reading…

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JUSTICE LEAGUE — Review by Kristen Page-Kirby

“Justice League” shares many of the problems that have cropped up in DC Comics films — a thinly written villain, a criminal underuse of both Amy Adams and Lois Lane, LOUD NOISES, (presumably) Zack Snyder shooting Gal Gadot like she’s on a late-night Cinemax show. And it’s terribly uneven; Joss Whedon was brought in to complete the film, and Whedon and Snyder aren’t exactly the chocolate and peanut butter of cinematic styles. Its fundamental flaw, though, lies at its moral center. Continue reading…

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BRIMSTONE & GLORY — Review by Kristen Page-Kirby

The feature debut of director Viktor Jakovleski, the film “Brimstone & Glory” looks at the city of Tultepec, the so-called fireworks capital of Mexico, during the National Pyrotechnic Festival. That celebration — essentially the city’s high holy days — has its roots in the festival of St. John of God, patron saint of fireworkmakers and (coincidentally) firefighters. There are two main elements to the celebration: “casti­llos,” or huge frames of wood and firework-laced paper, which flame and spark for up to 30 minutes; and the “pamplonada,” in which teams of fireworkmakers build giant bull effigies, which they ignite and carry through the city streets — the attached fireworks exploding as they run. Continue reading…

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