Recent Reviews

 

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 […]

 
 

Raw (France)

So weird, even more so because everything is presented as if it were the normal. Raw (France) is a categorizable horror film, but not a conventional one. It is an avante-garde sociological horror that is open to […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

A Ghost Story

I was a skeptic who didn’t think it was going to amount to anything, and then my patience paid off. Immediately artsy but undeniably beautiful, A Ghost Story uses many long shots to develop an aura […]

 
 

Wonder Woman

A magnificent first hour, some fair parts after, before it goes into creative suicide. Wonder Woman has one element that will make it last however and that is the striking star power of Gal Gadot. They say Hollywood doesn’t take risks […]

 
 

Alien: Covenant

No movie has taken more time to suck in as a major disappoint than this. Alien: Covenant was coming off the heels of “Prometheus,” and seethed potential, and yet despite all its visual flair it is nothing but a shaggy dog story […]

 
 

The Lovers

Tracy Letts (the playwright turned actor) and Debra Winger (the scarcely performing uber actress) play a flatlined married couple who have to get tired of their extramarital lovers before they connect again with each other. The Lovers is a wry and dry comedy […]

 
 

The Dinner

We live in a time where I should be grateful for any sophisticated adult-themed film to come my way, and yet, the worst that could happen, I have stumbled upon a horrid pseudo-intellectual work. The Dinner is a rare case […]

 
 

The Circle

Sci-fi parable that is less aggressively paranoid than it is a creepy, if satiric, “normalization” of what the social media world could become. I give The Circle an unapologetic endorsement especially in a few specific ways for dramatizing how we have allowed many social media devices […]