Mike White’s ‘Brad’s Status” provides a wonderful Ben Stiller vehicle that will have you cringing and laughing at the same time.
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Though its style hinders emotional engagement, Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘The Other Side of Hope’ is a cutting, funny critique of Europe’s refugee crisis.
Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ is a shapeless and interminable examination of insufferable characters, and mostly torturous to sit through.
Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ has the bones of a standard-issue coming of age tale, but the meat of a great cast makes it a film worth seeing.
Walter Hill’s ‘The Assignment’ is everything you want pulp fiction to be: classless, tasteless, vulgar, tawdry—and inescapably entertaining.
‘Song to Song’ is, well, a Terrence Malick film—general audiences will generally hate it, but more adventurous filmgoers could have their lives changed.
If ‘Angel’s Egg’ is an unreviewable film, then how does a critic go about reviewing it? Astonishingly, G Clark gives it a go.
‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a thoughtful and philosophical blockbuster, like a big-budget art film, with a fantastically precise ScarJo performance.
‘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!