Category Archives: Reviews

Wonderstruck Review: Todd Haynes Constructs a Boring Look at Childhood

Working with children in terms of both child actors and actually writing characters that are children is like flipping a coin. A film like The Florida Project, for example (or any Miyazaki

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Review: Kubrick Emulated

There are a lot more grey areas in the rules of allegorical cinema than that of more straightforward storytelling. A film of this nature can work even if you don’t understand every

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Review: Noah Baumbach Richly Explores the Legacy of Art and Family

With The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Noah Baumbach continues to explore the relationship between art and life, this time from the perspective of a one-hit-wonder’s kids. The family’s patriarch, Harold (Dustin Hoffman),

New York Film Festival Review: Mudbound

Somehow, in a year where racial relations outside of the multiplexes have only gotten worse, Mudbound is one of the only high-profile films in the awards conversation that deals with them. Sadly,

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Review: A Boring Telling of a Story Truly Stranger Than Fiction

The great commonality between superheroes and sex is the exchange of power. That’s been true since Superman put his underwear over his tights and repeatedly kept Lois Lane from danger. Comic books

New York Film Festival Review: Lady Bird

What a difference tone and rich, layered details can have on a fairly ordinary story. Lady Bird, the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, walks the delicate balance between being deeply personal and

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Review: Vince Vaughn Punches and Smashes Through This B-Movie Delight

It’s tough to make grindhouse films emotionally satisfying, but that’s exactly what director S. Craig Zahler does with Brawl in Cell Block 99. Don’t get me wrong, the story’s emotional hook is

Blade Runner 2049 Review: A Classic Gets a Worthy Sequel That Doesn’t Rely on Nostalgia

Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner is one of those classics that sits on the border of completely untouchable and overflowing with potential for a sequel, with the right idea. Well, leave it

New York Film Festival Review: Call Me by Your Name

What is it about the coming of age story that keeps storytellers coming back to try and make it their own? Unlike most genres, the entries here in the film medium prove

New York Film Festival Review: The Florida Project

As far as portraits of childhood go, it doesn’t get much more authentic than The Florida Project. Sean Baker’s follow up to his exceptional Tangerine has its ear every bit to the ground as