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The Shape of Water

Drama, Romance, Dark Fantasy. The Shape of Water has earmarks for creativity, for sure. I think people make way too much of Guillermo del Toro’s directing talent however, who to me, creates an atmosphere here that is akin to a tomato splat factory coated in mildew. It’s slavish and over-the-top […]

 
 

The Disaster Artist

I was worried it would be too goofy and irreverent, but I was surprised by the depth of what was told. The Disaster Artist is an offbeat biopic on Tommy Wiseau, an infamous director […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Call Me By Your Name

There’s an intriguing performance from the start. Armie Hammer has made me wonder since “The Social Network” if he really has any more chops in him, and I’ve seen hints of that in his last two or three movies, but in Call Me By Your Name, he is something of a Golden Boy […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Suburbicon

You can’t fault George Clooney for lack of courage. 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 Snowman

With potentially intriguing material until it gradually dissipates into zero intrigue, The Snowman is further sullied by disingenuous flashbacks, a jumble of red herrings, cutaways to extraneous characters […]

 
 

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 […]