Recent Reviews


sex, lies & videotape (1989)

The camera runs over concrete scored to frenzied guitar plucks, assuming its attached to a car moving somewhere fast and urgent. Then that man who steps out uses extra time […]



Diving right into the strip club milieu without batting an eye, the fervidly entertaining and scams unveiling Hustlers takes its true story premise very far. Constance Wu, as Destiny, is a sought-after “Scores!” type girl […]


Ready or Not

Wedding day festivities are romantic for about five minutes. Grace (Samara Weaving) marries into an unorthodox blueblood family with a family fortune in board games in Ready or Not, and they expect the bride to play midnight games […]


Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I was led on expecting an old fashioned women’s picture of a slightly stressed mom who needs a vacation or a flight of fancy and got hit with something heavier. Uh, uh, I mean ugh, somebody needs to give Cate Blanchett a tranquilizer and sedate […]


The Farewell

About 80 minutes into the deftly and emotionally supple 98-minute total of The Farewell, a major character darts out of a major family function and is seen running through […]


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s skill is too pruned and too precise to not make an interesting picture, a compulsively entertaining one and the freedom to make an eccentric one. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a supremely textured throwback […]


Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)

Sergio Leone often goes for pure visual storytelling without dialogue, but everything indeed is a sophisticated puzzle piece. At the time in 1969, Once Upon a Time in the West was thought of as an overblown western […]


The New World (2005)

In which Terrence Malick opens up the aperture of his camera to capture exquisite rays of natural light on Jamestown circa 1607, only to give us a limited geographical sight of it all. That flustered me about The New World when I first saw it in 2005 […]


The Perfume of Yvonne (1994)

The luscious French erotic drama/reverie The Perfume of Yvonne is a neglected piece by director Patrice Leconte who had revered international success in the 1990’s […]


Christiane F. (1981)

It’s like having your head washed in a toilet for a little more than two hours. Christiane F., from Germany, is one of the heralded foreign films of the early 1980’s, aggrandized by the shock value […]


The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Blowhard, preachy and a relentless gentrification screed. I feel sorry for the Jimmie Fails types that The Last Black Man in San Francisco is about, to be dislocated from the neighborhood […]



The fast cutting is everywhere in Danny Boyle’s musical comedy Yesterday. But instead of being frenzied or disorienting, it is quite exemplary for […]