Game of Thrones: “Stormborn” Season 7 Episode 2 Review

Last week, I was relieved when Game of Thrones maintained its methodical pace in the season premiere. “Stormborn” makes me think my relief came too soon. With the board formally set, the pieces are

Dunkirk Review: The Sound and Fury of Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is a director of spectacle who more wants to put us on the edge of our seat than to wow us. Dunkirk is undoubtedly an experience, just as Inception and

Girls Trip Review: An Outrageously Fun Getaway

This summer’s second female-led raunch comedy hits its marks, thanks to some genuinely uproarious laughs and a star-making turn from Tiffany Haddish.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review: In Lifeless Color

Luc Besson is an auteur who lives in the weird. So much so that, for his latest effort, an adaptation of the revered French comic series, he got to build a whole

Game of Thrones: “Dragonstone” Season 7 Premiere Review

Game of Thrones is nothing if not itself. The opening scene of season seven, a deeply satisfying, albeit very concerning, reversal on the Red Wedding is just the latest genocide in the show’s

Lady Macbeth Review: Quiet, Stuffy Brutality

Cold and detached, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth isn’t trying to sell you on the emotions within its story, it just wants to show you the dark depths of humanity, and how a

Swallows and Amazons Review: Joyful to a Fault

Swallows and Amazons represents an age-old subgenre of adventure films for children. In recreating the look and feel of these kinds of films, director Philippa Lowthorpe succeeds in spades. Here she adapts Arthur

War for the Planet of the Apes Review: Humanity is Both Damned and Dirty

There’s something old school about War for the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves’ second entry in a trilogy nobody really asked for, but that we really didn’t end up deserving anyway.

A Ghost Story Review: A Minimalist Tale of Human Purpose

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story quickly seduces its audience into a meditative state of both contemplation and fear. But despite its title, it’s far from the traditional fright fest, instead using the

Ranking the Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s release this past week marks the continuation of Marvel’s “Phase Three” (I like to think of the “phases” as seasons of the most expensive TV show ever made). Since 2008,