July 5, 2019

Danny Boyle’s premise of a Beatle-less world is playful and witty, but hamstrung by romcom contrivances and paper-thin characters. Read more

July 4, 2019

Midsommar is as beautiful as it is horrific. Ari Aster has made only two feature-length films, but has already developed a voice and formula entirely his own. Although the film shares some thematic elements with its predecessor, its execution and effect are more of an extended-release version of the mainline hit that was last year’s Hereditary.  Aster has the unique ability to both adhere to and depart from familiar horror tropes, which he does here with playful glee. All the ingredients of the standard… Read more

July 4, 2019

With mediocre characterizations and oft-flat comedy, only timely commentary and an interesting villain rescue this latest superhero flick. Read more

June 30, 2019

An eclectic, ecumenical group (myself included) has crafted a list of the best films on aging, across cinematic history. Please check it out. Read more

June 23, 2019

A vast improvement over the third film, this latest “Toy Story” installment will serve as a very good conclusion, if Disney can resist the scourge of sequelitis. Read more

June 16, 2019

Jim Jarmusch mixes his personal touch with homage in this delightful film. Read more

June 9, 2019

Thirteen years after the superb TV series abruptly ended, we are privileged to return to the South Dakota mining town for one final visit. Read more

May 19, 2019

This comedic biography starring Molly Shannon draws on current scholarship and undoes the myths and homophobia of 2016’s “A Quiet Passion.” Read more

May 14, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised by the dry humor and film noir nods in “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,” but unearned pathos weighs down an otherwise joyous experience. Read more

May 12, 2019

László Nemes’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” is comparably unsettling, in portraying the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read more

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