Current Reviews (in alphabetical order)

Armageddon Time

Armageddon Time

Armageddon Time gets my vote for most disingenuous movie title of 2022. For those of you expecting a disaster picture, this is actually an intimately-scaled memory piece specifically set in Queens, NY in the autumn of 1980; its title is a riff on the Clash song "Armagideon Time", released a year earlier and played on the soundtrack but not especially… read more!

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The development of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was an exercise in blockbuster creativity: how do you make a sequel to a superhero movie after the untimely death of its beloved star? Ryan Coogler, who directed both films and who cowrote Wakanda Forever's screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, made it clear that he would not recast the role of T'Challa/Black Panther,… read more!

Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave

Those accustomed to the perversity of Park's earlier films – Oldboy, The Handmaiden, et al – may be surprised at Decision to Leave's subtlety. While perverse in its own way, it contains none of the graphic sex or violence that one associates with Park's work. You'll either find its restraint refreshing or you'll feel slightly let down. Park Hae-il stars… read more!

The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans

A half-century into his storied career, Steven Spielberg proves he still has the ability to surprise by offering us an intimate and cautiously revealing semi-autobiography. The resulting motion picture is as fun to analyze as it is to watch. Cowriting the screenplay with Tony Kushner, Spielberg rechristens his own family the Fabelmans, with budding young artist Steven here called Sammy,… read more!

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu opens with eleven ultra-wealthy people boarding a boat bound for a tiny East Coast island on which sits Hawthorne, one of the most exclusive restaurants in the world. (Real-life foodie meccas like KOKS, on the Faroe Islands, serve as the obvious inspiration.) Within the first few minutes, we see that something's amiss: Margo (Anya Taylor-Joy), who has arrived… read more!

She Said

She Said

It's a shame that so few people cared to watch this drama about the two New York Times journalists whose article about Hollywood über-producer Harvey Weinstein's rampant sexual abuse ultimately led to his imprisonment. Perhaps audiences figured they already knew the story, or that the film would be depressing or scolding. In fact She Said is gripping cinema – relevant,… read more!

Tár

Tár

Tár opens with a POV scene in which someone covertly records a video of superstar conductor/composer Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) asleep on an airplane while texting someone else. One writes: "She's haunted". The other: "Are you still in love with her?" We're never told who is communicating, so we are left to gnaw on this mystery for a few minutes… read more!