Current Reviews (in alphabetical order)

Elvis

Elvis

A blockbuster about Elvis Presley should be the be-all, end-all of rock biopics. And considering all the gaudy kitsch associated with the King of Rock and Roll – Graceland! the pink Cadillac! those jumpsuits! – Baz Luhrmann, with his flair for the over-the-top, seems the perfect choice to take the Elvis story to the big screen. So does it pay… read more!

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Predictably twee feature-length adaptation of the popular stop-motion shorts in which the titular character (voiced by cowriter Jenny Slate) delights a human interviewer (director/cowriter Dean Fleischer-Camp) with adorable details of his minuscule, minimalistic life. (Sample: "Guess what I use to tie my skis to my car? A hair.") Expanding the runtime to a tolerable 89 minutes, Marcel the Shell with… read more!

Official Competition

Official Competition

This drily absurd Spanish comedy opens with 80-year-old industrialist Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gómez) deciding to sink a little of his fortune into producing an "important" movie. After securing the costly rights to a Nobel Prize-winning novel called Rivalry, he hires esteemed director Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz in a fright wig) to helm the project. She insists upon casting two… read more!

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

Although apparently some folks who loved the third chapter in the Thor movie franchise, Ragnarok, don't like its followup Love and Thunder, it's hard for me to see why. Both films are very much cut from the same cloth, thanks mostly to director/cowriter Taika Waititi and his signature blend of silliness, adventure, and pathos. Since Ragnarok dispensed of Thor's family,… read more!

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

Initially I had no interest in Top Gun: Maverick. I saw the first Top Gun in the theater back in 1986 and found it corny machismo and rah-rah pro-military junk. Did we really need a sequel after thirty-plus years? Given Maverick's long release delay – only partly attributed to the pandemic – I could have sworn this movie was a… read more!