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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

Up until now, “The Tree of Life” and “Far From Heaven” have long been for me the two best films about 1950’s life. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005), a completely overlooked gem with Julianne Moore as a stay at home mother who feeds her family of ten by winning contests […]


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Instantly grabbing. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens with a legitimately angry mother in Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) whose daughter was raped and murdered seven months earlier, renting out three billboards that will question the failure […]


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 […]


Murder on the Orient Express

Murder mystery done with good taste, amplified by splendid mountainous terrain. Kenneth Branagh directs Murder on the Orient Express based on the famous Agatha Christie novel […]


Lady Bird

The mature teen movie about a teen trying to attain maturity – even that’s been done countless times. To make it work, you need a fresh eye, the insightful ability to write up details that don’t make it into other movies, and a relatable girl you can care about (I was not a fan of “The Edge of Seventeen,” I could have cared less about her), and that said somebody also ought to remind you of somebody you knew in high school. Lady Bird has all […]



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 […]


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Hypnotic, chilling, weird and gutsy. Colin Farrell and director Yorgos Lanthimos re-team for the surrealist horror The Killing of a Sacred Deer following last year’s original feat “The Lobster” last year. Farrell is the highly esteemed […]


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 […]



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 […]


Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh’s biggest hit of his career was “Ocean’s Eleven.” In Soderbergh’s first go at directing after a four-year break, the rob the NASCAR racetrack flick Logan Lucky is kind of a redneck “Ocean’s Eleven” with a unique dose […]