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Without overreaching, it’s a good movie and yet it may go down as the superhero movie that dared to be a real movie – with plausible story merit, complex characterizations, a lack of over-glorified bulls***. Hugh Jackman gets to go all the way to stretch out as an actor, and play a wringed out and sick of it freak of nature as Logan […]


Love and Death on Long Island (1998)

This is the John Hurt obscurity that became an essential must-see following the actors’ death. Love and Death on Long Island (1998) is a character study of a stuffy Brit longing for the unattainable […]


Get Out

One of the most brilliantly written horror films as there has ever been (only the final exchanges of dialogue, while passable, fall short of inspiration). Get Out regardless is easily a pop phenomenon […]


Nocturnal Animals DVD Review

What to make of Nocturnal Animals, a film that could be accused of being baffling if it also wasn’t so mesmerizing! A second look on DVD and Blu-Ray not only gets one to see the more lucid connections of the inner story […]


The Founder

Engrossing. Michael Keaton does arguably his career best work in The Founder as Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald’s into an empire. This is one of those rare biopics […]



M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable”) proves he can still be a skillful filmmaker with precision camerawork and editing, but his incomplete story needed work. With Split, I went from not being sure if I cared, to caring with certainty, to I guess […]


La La Land

Old-fashioned heaven meets the contemporary. La La Land is without a doubt a classic movie musical, one that enchants breezily, and yet it hits me personally in quite a number of special ways. First, I realized […]


The Band Wagon (1953)

“Singin’ in the Rain” is supposed to be my all-time favorite musical, and everybody else’s too, but after awhile I knew it by heart so well I was happy to stumble upon a new favorite. The Band Wagon (1953) a dozen viewings later is […]



A trifle or maybe just a tad more than that. The cream of the crop reviews for Paterson are so glowing, so ecstatic, so poetic – for a film about a bus driver who hides his gift of writing poetry to himself while his wife […]



The most troublesome of all Martin Scorsese’s films since there was time at the beginning I was ready to write it off as “unengaging” and “impervious,” but it pays off with revelation. It might have taken me several days to realize Silence has made me re-think […]



Something of a homework assignment, but there’s a lot to admire and a lot worth storing into your memory banks once it’s done. Fences has a lot of blustery, long-winded dialogue that manages not to sound […]


Patriots Day

I had forgotten about some of the details of the Boston Marathon bombing, and I hadn’t realized I needed a film to refresh my memory. Other times, Patriots Day only sporadically told me information that I never knew […]