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Lovia Gyarkye

Arts & Culture Critic

Lovia Gyarkye is the Arts and Culture Critic at The Hollywood Reporter, where she reviews film, TV and the occasional Broadway show. Previously, she was an editor at The New York Times‘ monthly print section for kids and a researcher for The New York Times Book Review. Her essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vogue and The Nation.

More from Lovia Gyarkye

‘Orlando, My Political Biography’ Review: A Playful and Cerebral Doc Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Radical Novel

Spanish philosopher Paul B. Preciado helms a documentary that links the eponymous hero of Woolf's 1928 novel to a multigenerational group of 25 trans and genderqueer people.

‘Something You Said Last Night’ Review: A Sensitively Observed but Insufficiently Probing Family Drama

A young trans woman goes on vacation with her caring but overbearing Italian family in Luis De Filippis' debut feature, executive produced by Julia Fox.

‘It Lives Inside’ Review: A Horror Debut About First-Generation Immigrants Falls Short of Its Potential

A teenager races against time to save an old friend from ancient demonic forces in Bishal Dutta's feature debut.

‘Stamped From the Beginning’ Review: Roger Ross Williams’ Absorbing but Limited Doc Recasts Black History’s Narrators

The director of 'Love to Love You, Donna Summer' and 'Cassandro' adapts Ibram X. Kendi's influential book about the roots of American racism.

‘Wicked Little Letters’ Review: Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley Reunite in Strained Period Comedy

Thea Sharrock directs a feature based on a real-life scandal that occurred in Littlehampton in 1920.

‘Sing Sing’ Review: Colman Domingo Shines in a Subtle Portrait of a Prison Arts Program

The actor flexes his range in Greg Kwedar's feature about incarcerated men trying to stage a theater production inside their maximum security correctional facility.

‘Woman of the Hour’ Review: Anna Kendrick’s Directorial Debut Is Chilling Even When It Stumbles

The actress helms and stars in a dramatization of a serial killer's appearance on a dating game show in the middle of his murder spree.

‘Pain Hustlers’ Review: Emily Blunt and Chris Evans Star in David Yates’ Propulsive Opioid Crime Drama

The 'Harry Potter' director helms a film about the shadowy pharmaceutical sales practices that helped kickstart the opioid epidemic.

‘Quiz Lady’ Review: Sandra Oh and Awkwafina Have Infectious Chemistry in Heartfelt Hulu Comedy

The actresses play sisters who compete on a game show to pay their mother's gambling debt in a movie co-starring Holland Taylor, Will Ferrell, Jason Schwartzman and Tony Hale.

‘Close to You’ Review: Elliot Page Delivers a Deeply Felt Lead Turn in a Well-Intentioned but Clunky Drama

Page plays a trans man whose sojourn to his hometown forces him to confront a painful past in Dominic Savage's film.

‘We Grown Now’ Review: A Delicate Coming-of-Age Story Set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes

In 'Hala' director Minhal Baig's latest feature, two best friends face growing pains in a misunderstood neighborhood.

‘Next Goal Wins’ Review: Taika Waititi’s Soccer Film Sacrifices Sincerity for Self-Conscious Humor

Starring Michael Fassbender, the 'Jojo Rabbit' director's latest feature dramatizes the historic comeback of the American Samoa soccer team.