Movie Reviews

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V.26 No.25 | 6/22/2017
Cars 3

Film Review

Cars 3

Sentimental and scenic, trilogy-ending sports flick cruises to the finish line

Cars 3 is no ironclad Pixar classic but it is a well made film that delivers more or less the same sentimental moral as the original and Larry the Cable Guy is hardly in this one at all.
V.26 No.24 | 6/15/2017
Paris Can Wait

Film Review

Paris Can Wait

Rambling romantic trip to Paris should have taken the bullet train

Paris Can Wait is exactly the sort of pretty, pseudo-exotic, post-menopausal romance you’d expect a wealthy, film-obsessed octogenarian to make in conjunction with Lifetime Films.
V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017
My Cousin Rachel

Film Review

My Cousin Rachel

Love, marriage and maybe murder in merry olde England

Between My Cousin Rachel's intriguing opening and its punchy ending, the nuanced script and subtle direction successfully elevate du Maurier’s self-consciously old-fashioned source material.
V.26 No.22 | 6/1/2017
The Wedding Plan

Film Review

The Wedding Plan

Israeli romantic comedy eschews romance and comedy, but still finds sympathy for its undaunted heroine

The Wedding Plan never fully convinces as a romantic comedy but has a certain charm and velocity that’s hard to escape.
V.26 No.21 | 5/25/2017
The Lovers

Film Review

The Lovers

Married couple cheat on the cheaters they’re cheating with in admirably drab domestic dramedy

Yo Dawg, I heard you like cheating, so I put cheating in your cheating so you can cheat on your cheater.
V.26 No.20 | 5/18/2017
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Film Review

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Richard Gere commits to character in influence-peddling drama

If your attention span is sturdy enough and your interest in international business/Israeli politics strong enough to get you through a swamp of wordy details, Norman is worth catching for the committed character work of Richard Gere.
V.26 No.18 | 5/4/2017
Creepy

Film Review

Creepy

Unsettling Japanese horror-hybrid knows how to make skin crawl

Creepy makes the most of its long-simmering atmosphere of tension and dread, shying away from clear psychological and supernatural resolutions, to provide enough unwholesome suggestions to make you look askance at your fellow man.
V.26 No.17 | 4/27/2017
The Transfiguration

Film Review

The Transfiguration

Gritty urban horror-drama contemplates the sad life of a vampire wannabe

Michael O’Shea’s savvy, self-conscious debut film, The Transfiguration, is best exerting its queasy magnetism on lovers of art-house horror, who will appreciate its subtle manipulations of the overworked vampire genre.
V.26 No.15 | 4/13/2017
Gifted

Film Review

Gifted

Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels

Gifted is a calculated film, to be sure. Emotions will be manipulated, tears will be jerked. But it’s such a sweet-natured story, filled with such likable people, that it’s hard to remain cynical.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Your Name

Film Review

Your Name

Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores

Your Name is the sort of enjoyable, easy-to-access gateway drug that could introduce a whole new audience to the art of anime.
V.26 No.13 | 3/30/2017
The Boss Baby

Film Review

The Boss Baby

Weirdly conceived kiddy cartoon bogs down in confusing mythology

The bones of an interesting story are scattered throughout the film, but The Boss Baby is a convoluted idea with no coherent narrative and too many butt jokes.
V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017
“What do you mean, you’ve never seen White Men Can’t Jump?”

Film Review

Wilson

Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation

The humor employed here is angry and uncomfortable (and frequently quite funny, if you’re so inclined), but the script stops short of plumbing the crushing, existential loneliness at the center of it all.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
The Sense of an Ending

Film Review

The Sense of an Ending

Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal

The Sense of an Ending features some subtle performances and an intrigue-filled setup, but squanders much of its potential with a too-teasing narrative and an inability to pay off properly in the end.
V.26 No.10 | 3/9/2017
The Ottoman Lieutenant

Film Review

The Ottoman Lieutenant

Period romance is predictable but pretty

It’s no Doctor Zhivago, but in its own thrifty way, The Ottoman Lieutenant delivers polished, well-paced (if entirely predictable) costumed romance.
V.26 No.9 | 3/2/2017
Get Out

Film Review

Get Out

Jordan Peele turns racial tension into all-out terror in timely horror-comedy

Horror films, at their best, have always served as a mirror for society’s most up-to-date fears. Now comes another timely take on the genre, exploiting a topic that could not be more ripped-from-the-headlines: racism in America.