In a good-but-not-great year, G Clark cuts through the BS and highlights the films that are *really* worth your time and consideration—and some that aren’t.
A review of the new Criterion addition ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,’ followed by a discussion of the function of ratings in movie criticism.
Justin Jagoe’s 2016 in review: A summation of the best (and worst) of the past year’s cinema.
A debate on Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully,’ followed by a retrospective of the legendary actor-turned actor/director’s career.
A return to podcasting after a fall sabbatical
Theodore Melfi’s ‘Hidden Figures” is a comforting fairy tale, set in a 1960s where racism is easily identified and solved, and no one ever smokes.
The 2016 BAFTA nominations were announced this morning; here is a full list with insightful and drolly witty commentary provided by G Clark.
Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ is an uncomfortable marriage of old-school Hollywood musical and modern rom-com, though it certainly entertains.
‘Rogue One’ is exactly the movie you’d expect to get if you let a soulless corporation make a Star Wars film by committee.
‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’ is a silly little horror film—but see it in the right frame of mind, and it’ll work some magic on you.
The forthcoming ‘Graduation’ is complex, thrilling, satisfying filmmaking, from one of the Romanian New Wave’s greatest talents, Cristian Mungiu.
Though ‘Fences’ is no grand cinematic experience, it provides an audience with over two hours of great actors delivering great dialogue.
Pablo Larrain’s ‘Jackie’ is a thrilling narrative and thematic arabesque; featuring Natalie Portman’s best performance, it’s a biopic for haters of biopics.
Garth Davis’s ‘Lion’ provides a cheap and easy emotional catharsis, but lacks thematic heft, despite a stellar cast and first half.
‘Toni Erdmann,’ Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, is a protracted family ‘comedy’ about a father and daughter trying to reconnect.
Mel Gibson returns from exile with Hacksaw Ridge: a stirring masterpiece about how a man’s religious convictions helped him accomplish real-world miracles.
‘A Man Called Ove,’ Sweden’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is safe and undemanding entertainment, with generic characters and plot.
In a tumultuous and sobering year, Lena’s Top Ten films give voice to both the ecstatic highs and devastating lows the best cinema brings out in us.
Kelly Reichardt’s latest film, ‘Certain Women,’ is unfortunately something of a disappointment. Thankfully, however, it is a beautiful one.
The thing that I await and adore obsessively every year is here once again, a time-honored tradition that I can rely on every year to lift my spirits. Yes, it’s David Ehrlich’s annual Top 25 countdown video, a reliably surprising and disarming time capsule of yet another year in film. You may not have known […]