Current Reviews (in alphabetical order)

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

I honestly try to catch big budget movies that are not just sequels or entries in massive franchises (e.g., Marvel, Star Wars). I feel it's important to support "original" blockbusters in an era when such are few and far between. But it's frustrating that so many of them are so darn stupid. Case in point: Bullet Train. Based on a… read more!

Emily the Criminal

Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza's career is a curious thing. Still best known for her role on the sitcom Parks and Recreation and her deader-than-deadpan demeanor, she's nevertheless been cranking out loads of well-reviewed but little-seen independent films in which he acting talents are widely praised. I haven't seen her in anything since Safety Not Guaranteed, in which she was pretty deadpan, so… read more!

Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream

This isn't so much a documentary about David Bowie as it is an immersive odyssey through his career. It's chronological on a macro scale, focusing primarily on four periods: Bowie's Ziggy Stardust years in London in the early 1970s; his paranoid stay in Los Angeles in the middle of that decade; his experimental late '70s phase in Berlin; and the… read more!

See How They Run

See How They Run

This middling whodunit aims to be self-referential – it takes place behind-the-scenes of a famous theatrical whodunit, Agatha Christie's long-running play The Mousetrap – but while its script takes a few clever turns, much of its potential fun is leached away by flat direction and a miscast star. The year is 1953, and as The Mousetrap celebrates its 100th performance,… read more!

Three Thousand Years of Longing

Three Thousand Years of Longing

A funny thing happened to me in 2022: without intending to, I started seeing movies that I knew next to nothing about, aside from their titles, their above-the-line stars, and a vague sense of their plots. I saw no trailers beforehand, I read no reviews. It is, I think, how people are supposed to see movies: allowing for surprises and… read more!