V.28 No.13 | 3/28/2019
Well-packaged drama chronicles real-world horrors
Hotel Mumbai has the ensemble cast structure of an epic disaster movie and the disturbing visceral impact of a horror flick, but it leavens that with a white-knuckle narrative intensity and a respect for real-world events.
V.28 No.2 | 1/10/2019
On the Basis of Sex
Courtroom drama lauds its subject for her role in the fight for equality
Anyone inclined to go see a biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the first place is going to be perfectly happy with On the Basis of Sex and its infectious optimism.
V.27 No.29 | 7/19/2018
Sorry To Bother You
Upward mobility gets weird in off-kilter comedy
Sorry to Bother You is not the work of a practiced, disciplined filmmaker. It’s the work of a manic, committed, wildly creative first-timer.
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
Artistic biopic revels in surface details
Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
V.27 No.2 | 1/11/2018
Call Me By Your Name
Languid romance withers under the Tuscan sun
Stripped of its postcard beauty and its academic pretensions, Call Me By Your Name is little more than a soapy, overlong melodrama.
V.26 No.25 | 6/22/2017
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.