Reviews

‘Fly Me to the Moon’ Review: Failure to Launch

Once a staple of old Hollywood, it has been years since anyone has truly been able to recreate the screwball… Read More

July 9, 2024

‘House of the Dragon’ S2 E4 Recap: Stop Dragon My Heart Around

Wings and fire clash in the sky as the Targaryen civil war moves into a bloody section of the noble… Read More

July 7, 2024

‘Longlegs’ Review: Osgood Perkins’ Homage-Cloaked Horror Sometimes Spooks but Mostly Hides Original Ideas in the Shadows

Horror movies have increasingly felt the need to be bigger, badder, and bloodier over time, outdoing their predecessors by filling… Read More

July 6, 2024

Head Out on the Highway: Of Motorcycles and Men in ‘Easy Rider,’ ‘The Wild One’ and ‘The Bikeriders’ [Retrospective]

There are things that feel like American originals, even if the truth reveals something different entirely. The motorcycle, for instance,… Read More

July 5, 2024

‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’ Review: The Heat is Back On as Eddie Murphy Returns to His Movie Star Roots

It has been 30 years since Axel Foley’s last trip to the west coast, and Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F… Read More

July 2, 2024

‘Despicable Me 4’ Review: Super Minions, Gru Jr, and a Cockroach Man Clear the Low-Quality Bar Set by this Hyperactive Franchise

Let this review serve as a warning to you, your friends, and your family: Despicable Me 4 is out, and… Read More

July 2, 2024

‘MaXXXine’ Review: Ti West Builds a Detailed Playground of Sex and Violence for Mia Goth to Shine but Can’t Quite Seal the Deal

There is a lyric from the “Candle in the Wind” that came into my memory as the events of Ti… Read More

June 27, 2024

‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Review: Lupita Nyong’o Dodges Aliens with Her Cat While Looking for Pizza in Competent Yet Unremarkable Prequel

The A Quiet Place franchise is the poster child for enjoyably competent yet unremarkable studio horror. With the first two… Read More

June 27, 2024

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Invention and Deconstruction of the Femme Fatale in ‘Double Indemnity’ (1944) and ‘Chinatown’ (1974) [Retrospective]

 I. My Sister/My Daughter When I reflect on the films that truly shaped my taste, it’s impossible not to think… Read More

June 24, 2024

‘Janet Planet’ Review: Annie Baker’s Mother-Daughter Dramedy Strikes the Perfect Balance of Humor and Melancholy

Shot in Amherst, Massachusetts, Janet Planet (2023) focuses on eleven-year-old Lacy (Zoe Ziegler) and her mother, Janet (Emmy winner Julianne… Read More

June 21, 2024

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