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Best Films of 2017

My compiled year-end round-ups come late, but that’s only because I want to fairly track down every essential title before I complete it. It’s the closest thing I have to composing a sacred writ […]


The Greatest Showman

Intermittently engages the brain while the majority of its time hitting us up with high-spirited, almost soap opera emotions. In this individual case, that’s a compliment maybe because it is inspirational and unapologetically corny. The Greatest Showman is a Hugh Jackman showcase […]


Phantom Thread

For forty-five minutes I believed I was seeing an incomparable masterpiece. But it wasn’t meant to be. Phantom Thread just isn’t a film that completely comes together logically, but damn if it also shows the kind of flair by director Paul Thomas Anderson […]



Of all the bad movies I’ve ever seen, at least this one has kernels of mesmerizing tidbits. Downsizing comes from exactly the kind of brain factory as I could have wanted. That of writer/director Alexander Payne […]


The Post

This 1971 historical drama shines a light on today. Steven Spielberg’s The Post gains a suspenseful amount of traction by the time it gets halfway through. Richard Nixon, former disgraced President, tried to shut up the New York Times […]


All the Money in the World

This major 1973 kidnapping docudrama in Italy has definite memorable moments, namely relaying all the essential details of how tycoon John Paul Getty III responded to his grandson’s ransom by refusing to pay it all because he was cheap. “If I pay the ransom for one I’ll have thirteen more kidnapped grandchildren.” All the Money in the World does not spit out […]


Molly’s Game

It has been a great season for actresses, and the distinguishably smart biopic Molly’s Game in particular features Jessica Chastain at the top of her career. It’s a sexy, power-hungry performance about a woman deeply compelled to control rich men under her […]


Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I can’t go on forcing excuses that it’s awesome when I feel it’s not, just so I can win a popularity contest with my readers. Star Wars Episode XIII: The Last Jedi kicks off with a virtuoso aerial dogfight with enough blast and whoosh […]


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 […]


I, Tonya

The movie that we’ve been waiting for to show the full tilt range of Margot Robbie has finally come, and it’s the terrific docudrama I, Tonya about the life and scandal of ice skating pro Tonya Harding. We’ve always associated professional ice skaters as graceful swans of the ice […]


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 […]