Saturday, December 15, 2018

Movie Review: The Lesbian Heat and Narrative Pitfalls of “Disobedience”

In the opening scene of “Disobedience,” a wizened rabbi collapses mid-sermon. His throng hangs on every word, and the wail of a shofar seems...

Movie Review: McCarthy’s Exuberance Propels ‘Life of the Party’

On the conveyer belt of Melissa McCarthy studio comedies, “Life of the Party” is another fitfully funny but marginally memorable bit of high-concept folderol....

Movie Review: “Tully” is the Mother Lode of Maternity Movies

There’s a montage in Jason Reitman’s new film, “Tully,” that brilliantly captures the tribulations of early motherhood. Marlo (Charlize Theron), a harried mother of...

Movie Review: “Beirut” a Plausible, Old-School Mideast Thriller

Jon Hamm established his career playing Don Draper, a master of persuasion with a penchant for a stiff drink. It’s hard to imagine that...

Movie Review: “Ready Player One”

“Ready Player One” is the geekiest movie ever made. This conclusion should be a compliment, coming from a critic who has identified as a...

Swede Fest Brings “Bad Movies By Good People” to Palm Beach

There are low-budget movies, and then there are, as Elizabeth Dashiell puts it, “no-budget movies.” The sort where, if you’re shooting a penniless remake...

Movie Review: “1945” is Visually Lush, Morally Sound

From its opening seconds, “1945” is the sort of film that sets art-house hearts aflutter. It’s in a foreign language (Hungarian, mostly), it’s shot...

Movie Review: The Familial Train Wreck of “Happy End”

“Happy End” opens and closes with cell-phone footage, the widescreen frame scrunched accordionlike into that ubiquitous, shaky, voyeuristic rectangle through which at least one...

Movie Review: “I, Tonya” Rebrands Controversial Skater

The problem with so many biopics is that life usually doesn’t proceed with the convenient clarity of a movie script, with its causes and...

The Top 10 Films of 2017

The annual top 10 list always requires a deft balancing act: In addition to the consensus choices that tend to appear on everybody’s list,...
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