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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 […]



Sometimes you see a film that screams “standard-issue biopic” but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be compelling and stirring. Chadwick Boseman once again horns in his talent for Marshall, a courtroom driven movie […]


Brawl in Cell Block 99

Vince Vaughn is for once tightly wound, with an unseen but suggested id that promises the potential for something livid, primal and very likely dangerous. That’s the opposite of the comical Vaughn we always get. Vaughn, dropping the jittery mannerisms when he played Norman Bates in “Psycho,” creates for once a truly dangerous and formidable antihero (with a moral compass) as bald-headed Bradley Thomas in Brawl in Cell Block 99 […]



Harry Dean Stanton, humble character actor for more than five decades, gets a fitting swan song – a final movie about an old man facing death, while Stanton himself died two weeks before the film’s release. Stanton is the titular Lucky, a 90-year old World War II veteran, forever single but likes women […]



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 […]


Wind River

Grim and depressing murder mystery that isn’t much of a mystery. I had a hard time with Wind River for the first forty-five minutes […]


Paris, Texas (1984)

The drifter walks through hot, dry plains who would seem to belong to no one and have nothing. That would be Harry Dean Stanton as Travis, walking endlessly with no final destination in Paris, Texas (1984). He has been wandering in the wilderness for four years […]


The Bounty (1984)

One of the nicest and more unexpected surprises I’ve had in months in the discovery of this Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson take on the English historical figures Captain William Bligh and Fletcher Christian. I had one of those moments, “I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this way earlier in my life!” The Bounty (1984) sets off as your usual high seas […]


The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Ultra-violent but cheeky. That combination has always bothered me, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard pushes the pedal to the metal with that aesthetic. It didn’t offend me as much as […]