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Song to Song

I’d like to say Terrence Malick is a man with too many great ideas, but again this time, he’s a man with too many ideas. Song to Song has three intersecting love triangles set against the Austin, Texas music scene, but for the viewer it is an exercise […]

 
 

Beauty and the Beast

It’s inviting me to feel the nostalgia for the 1991 animated classic, but am I supposed to enjoy this live action update just because I like nostalgia? Beauty and the Beast was already done so affectingly, hitting the beats with aplomb and supplying a vision with pristine perfection when it was animated […]

 
 

Kong: Skull Island

Way better than expected action smash up and creature feature romp. Kong: Skull Island is a totally rollicking entry set after the final days of the Vietnam War in 1973, and it has a blast in tweaking that era. Unveiled is […]

 
 

Logan

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 […]

 
 

A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness is a big budget artsy horror film, with no big names, taking place in Switzerland (but mostly shot in Germany) that is something of a vanity project for […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Split

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 […]