Film Reviews

Film Review: “Red Sparrow” Boasts Brief Thrills Amidst Long Stretches of Boredom

Red Sparrow (Francis Lawrence, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Director Francis Lawrence (FLaw) teams up with actress Jennifer Lawrence (JLaw) for the fourth time in this year’s spy thriller Red Sparrow. Based on the award-winning novel of the same … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Game Night” Is Dumb Fun

Game Night (John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A completely stupid film about a group of friends whose game night goes horribly wrong (but also, so right), layered on top of an equally dumb tale of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Derivative “Annihilation” Disappoints

Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018) 1½ out of 4 stars. In retrospect, I should not have read Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation – the first volume of his “Southern Reach” trilogy – just before watching director Alex Garland’s cinematic adaptation of it. I loved the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Black Panther” Delivers a Glorious New Hero

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Call me a curmudgeon, but I am, overall, exhausted by the superhero genre, and the never-ending, extended universe(s) that come(s) with it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Hostiles”–The Hostility of the American West Unveiled in Scott Cooper Western

Hostiles (Scott Cooper, 2017) 3 stars out of 4. Director Scott Cooper continues his love for complex and trouble protagonists in his latest film Hostiles starring Christian Bale, Wes Studi, and Rosamund Pike. The year is 1892 and the tension between … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” Actress Gloria Grahame Deserves a Better End

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan, 2017) 1½ out of 4 stars. The actress Gloria Grahame died in 1981, at the age of 55, mostly forgotten by an industry that had once celebrated her in the late 1940s … Continue reading

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Film Review: Overly Constructed, “The Insult” Still Packs a Powerful Punch

The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. A brooding cinematic reflection on ethnic conflict and reconciliation, The Insult – from Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri (The Attack) – takes on the Middle East’s fraught history of sectarian violence in … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Brilliant Diane Kruger Comes out of the Shadows in “In the Fade”

In the Fade (“Aus dem Nichts”) (Fatih Akin, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Director Fatih Akin has long explored cross-cultural tension and reconciliation in his films, be they comedies or dramas, drawing on his own background as an ethnic Turk … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Witty, If Schematic, “Phantom Thread,” Three Fine Actors Engage in a Battle of Wills

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. Like, love or hate his movies, Paul Thomas Anderson is a filmmaker of uncompromising vision. Whether chronicling the porn industry in 1970s Hollywood (Boogie Nights), profiling the romantic misadventures … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “I, Tonya,” Margot Lands a Perfect Performance

I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars. An alternately delightful and heartbreaking mockumentary romp of a biopic, I, Tonya features a mesmerizing performance by Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as disgraced former figure skater Tonya … Continue reading

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