Category Archive: cinema

Crime after crime

A late-career masterwork.

Is Joker a big troll?

We’ve perfected the art of giving things the attention they don’t deserve.

The Walking Deadpan

The Dead Don’t Die is a zany genre trip.

Godzilla remains a political monster

A blockbuster with a political pulse.

Rocketman: a musical desperate to break out

Hold me closer tiny song and dance numbers.

The Poké-Noir of Detective Pikachu

Grounded in a world of cute totem creatures with its buddy cop premise but the sins of video game films lurk.

The End is Inevitable in Avengers: Endgame

A magnificent mortality fable across time.

Shazam! Adventures in Superhero-ing

The DC Comics stable of superheroes have finally found a groove

The Lifestyles of the Rich and Ruthless in All the Money in the World

Greed is good if you’re a Getty.

The Best Films of 2017

This year was exhausting but the films weren’t.

Pig Little Lies

To live in a capitalist culture, you have to live a lie, that’s the gambit of the brilliant Okja.

The gods and monsters of Alien: Covenant

Leverages the franchise’s canon into bold, existential ideas about artificial intelligence and the relationship between gods and monsters; fathers and sons.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Stuck on rewind in space

Vol. 2 has the revelry of the first, but it feels regimented, like a party planner hired to recapture the magic of a spontaneous night out.

Oh Jackie

Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) rides in the back of a ambulance following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy (Brody and Aiden Weinberg). She lists names to her companions and asks if… Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed is a slave to the material

Everything, even the title, gets unpacked. There is nothing left to the imagination.