Eighth Grade is so grounded in the reality of middle school it almost operates like a horrible collective flashback.
Ben Kenigsberg is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He edited the film section of Time Out Chicago from 2011 to 2013 and served as a staff critic for the magazine beginning in 2006. Prior to that, he was a mainstay in the film pages of The Village Voice. He has also written for Variety, Slate, The A.V. Club, and Vulture, among other publications.
Ben Kenigsberg predicts that "Toni Erdmann" will win the Palme d'Or.
Laura Poitras's "Risk," on WikiLeaks, and Paul Schrader's "Dog Eat Dog," a noir, have their premieres at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Ben Kenigsberg introduces the Cannes Film Festival's sidebars and discusses Pablo Larrain's "Neruda."
Steven Spielberg's "The BFG" has its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan" took the Palme d'Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Ben Kenigsberg hazards a few guesses as to what the Coen brothers' jury might pick.
Ben Kenigsberg sees the film that Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira only wanted shown after his death.
Ben Kenigsberg looks at Kent Jones's documentary "Hitchcock/Truffaut," showing in Cannes Classics.
Ben Kenigsberg looks for fresh perspectives at this year's festival.