Recent Reviews

 

The Pledge (2001)

Of the detective movies of solving the grisly crime of a young girl’s murder, there are few that are distinguishable in attempting to do more than the obvious. The Pledge (2001) was also one of the last times Jack Nicholson delivered a method performance […]

 
 

The Florida Project

Like “sex, lies & videotape,” “Pulp Fiction,” “In the Company of Men” or “Lost in Translation,” The Florida Project is a major touchstone in independent cinema, reminding us that indies can bring truth and realism in ways that Hollywood cannot […]

 
 

Suburbicon

You can’t fault George Clooney for lack of courageousness. Clooney has taken a Coen Brothers script called Suburbicon that never got made by the esteemed Brothers, and Clooney has rather directed an imitation of vintage Coen Brothers […]

 
 

Blade Runner 2049

Enigmatic. All these decades of science fiction parables and detective stories has led to the most complicated one that a person can imagine with Blade Runner 2049, and I mean that in the very best way […]

 
 

Blade Runner (1982)

One of the seminal works of out-there, mind-blowing science fiction. Blade Runner (1982), so complex, is suddenly more simple after its new complicated sequel has arrived […]

 
 

mother!

Jennifer Lawrence has such a strong, plucky and extroverted personality that it is disconcerting to see her play a flat and simple-minded cipher. mother! has Lawrence not as a mother or even an expectant mother […]

 
 

Paris, Texas (1984)

The drifter walks through hot, dry plains who would seem to belong to no one and have nothing. That would be Harry Dean Stanton as Travis, walking endlessly with no final destination in Paris, Texas (1984). He has been wandering in the wilderness for four years […]

 
 

The Bounty (1984)

One of the nicest and more unexpected surprises I’ve had in months in the discovery of this Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson take on the English historical figures Captain William Bligh and Fletcher Christian. I had one of those moments, “I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this way earlier in my life!” The Bounty (1984) sets off as your usual high seas […]

 
 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Ultra-violent but cheeky. That combination has always bothered me, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard pushes the pedal to the metal with that aesthetic. It didn’t offend me as much as […]

 
 

Detroit

It’s a seismic work of art like “Do the Right Thing,” and it would be a mistake to dismiss it as anything less. I’m still trying to gauge how Detroit will tower over film history […]

 
 

Dunkirk

The unflinching story of how the Nazis nearly clobbered British, French, Belgian and Canadian soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk. The style of epic widescreen directing by Christopher Nolan, is what elevates it to something of loftier achievement. Dunkirk is certain to have a place in film history […]

 
 

Landline

An indie film with a loopy hook. Landline is a Manhattan-set character study between sisters and parents, plus it is a naturalistic melodrama set in 1995, before the tech phone and internet revolution […]