‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a thoughtful and philosophical blockbuster, like a big-budget art film, with a fantastically precise ScarJo performance.
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‘In the Basement’ might provide you with a shocking and amusing experience if you just turned twelve; adults will probably cross their arms and tsk tsk tsk.
‘Life’ stitches together the good bits of better, previous science fiction movies. It’s pretty generic stuff, but entertaining regardless.
‘Hungry Hearts’ is the kind of story parents tell their children at night when they want them to grow up to become kosher butchers.
‘The Way He Looks’ isn’t very successful as a whole, but it does contain a revelatory, breathtaking performance by its main actor, Ghilherme Lobo.
‘Sand Storm,’ Israel’s most recent entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, is an interesting, though slow, peek into the world of modern-day bedouins.
Kenji Mizoguchi’s ‘The Life of Oharu,’ currently streaming on FilmStruck, is an underseen but disappointing venture from the master filmmaker.
‘Kong: Skull Island’ is a disappointing Hollywood tentpole—devoid of wonder, suspense, characterisations, or anything else that makes movies enjoyable.
‘Split’ is an effectively creepy horror film; it’s not perfect, but it hits a high for M Night Shyamalan he hasn’t achieved since the early 2000s.
Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’—winner of the Oscar as 2016’s Best Foreign Film—is a characteristically complex and exciting film from the Iranian director.
’20th Century Women’ is an interminable slog of thematically muddled scenes, but it does feature some excellent acting from people who aren’t Greta Gerwig.
Okay, ‘Live by Night’ may be Ben Affleck’s weakest film, but it’s still entertaining, with a remarkable cast. It’s no stain on his reputation.
The big attraction this weekend is James Mangold’s ‘Logan,’ the new Marvel movie. You may as well see it—you’ll probably have a very good time!
G Clark examines the beauty in Russian director Larisa Shepitko’s ‘The Ascent’—the best film directed by a woman and one of the greatest films of all time.
The Official Film Misery Live Blog for the 89th Academy Awards. G Clark give you winners, predictions, and his inimitable wit and insight!
An overview of what the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards *should* have been if the Academy had a lick of sense about them.
MUBI reveals three documentaries about that most mysterious of extant countries: North Korea. G Clark examines each one in this mini movie marathon.
‘Crossing the Line’ examines the phenomenon of people defecting *to* North Korea, via the fascinating character of ex-US Army colonel James Dresnok.
Daniel Gordon’s ‘A State of Mind’ follows two girls as they prepare for the North Korean Mass Games—and delves deeply into the North Korean psyche.