Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing

One of the year’s more innovative thrillers, Searching is the story of a father, David Kim (John Cho), searching for his missing teenage daughter, Margot (Michelle La), told almost entirely through computer screens. The audience follows along as David attempts to uncover the details surrounding Margot’s disappearance by contacting her peers and combing through her social media with the help of Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing).

Searching explores both the advantages and disadvantages of modern technology in crime investigations, as well as in our interpersonal relationships, without ever being high and mighty. Between the refreshing storytelling style and director Aneesh Chaganty’s examinations of characters both primary and secondary, notably David’s brother, Peter (Joseph Lee), the film will draw you in and test your tolerance for plot twists and turns. —Carolyn Bernucca