Read up, before you pay $5 for a bucket of popcorn.
V.28 No.3 | 1/17/2019
Keanu Reeves goes old school in retrograde sci-fi thriller
Replicas feels more like a Syfy Channel “mockbuster” parody of a sci-fi film than an actual sci-fi film. The effects grow increasingly junky, and the whole thing devolves into a poorly staged string of chases scenes involving lots of interchangeable guys in black suits with guns.
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.28 No.1 | 1/3/2019
Satirical biopic plays (dirty) politics
If you're inclined to laugh at the real-life hijinks of our country's various psychopathic politicos, then Vice just might get your vote.
V.27 No.51 | 12/20/2018
Bright direction and epic action keeps watery superhero afloat
Aquaman is a breezy blend of mythology and sci-fi, delivered to audiences with a winking sense of humor.
V.27 No.50 | 12/13/2018
Mean and nasty historical drama makes ambition a courtly enterprise
The Favourite is loopy, long-winded and devolves into increasingly misanthropic spirals, but has wonderfully deadpan humor, scabrous assessment of female power dynamics and a well-played lesbian twist.
V.27 No.49 | 12/6/2018
Maria By Callas
“Temperamental” diva defends her controversial life in deeply personal documentary
Maria By Callas attempts to illuminate the singer’s controversial life and career, relying entirely on the words of the diva herself to set the stage.
V.27 No.48 | 11/29/2018
Meow Wolf: Origin Story
Radical New Mexico art collective goes to the movies
New Mexico’s homegrown success story, the radical arts collective known as Meow Wolf, continues its rocket ship ride to intergalactic success with a documentary feature chronicling the group’s circuitous rise to fame.
V.27 No.47 | 11/22/2018
Slow-to-ignite South Korean thriller requires patience
Burning is like a hard-boiled egg that takes two hours to crack. When it does, spilling its messy secrets, it’s a doozy.
V.27 No.46 | 11/15/2018
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
You’re a mediocre one, Mr. Grinch
With nothing fresh or original or particularly clever to add to what already exists, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is like that Christmas sweater you get every year from your aunt.
V.27 No.45 | 11/8/2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
F is for Fraudulence
When you look at it in a certain light, all authors are liars, but there’s also something rebellious and cheeky about it and it’s this morally ambiguous middle-ground that Can You Ever Forgive Me? finds so fertile.
V.27 No.44 | 11/1/2018
Remake of cult horror classic engages in mesmerizing, confounding dance of death
Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake is ravishing, challenging, dark, erotic, gruesome, punishing and pretentious all at once—the sort of film that neatly divides audiences into “didn’t get it” and “gotta see it again to figure it all out” camps.
V.27 No.43 | 10/25/2018
Familiar fright film comes out slashing
Halloween has got energy, style, a couple of fresh ideas and a bunch of gruesome murders. It’s good, all right; but it’s not great. Should it be? Does it have to be?
V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson
Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun
Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount
The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
A Star is Born
A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama
This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.