Tim Sutton's artfully directed but self-important downer of a movie that's meant to be some sort of Grand Statement about life among dispossessed whites in rural, Midwestern America.
Posted Feb 15, 2019
An entertaining blast of Texas noir that nods toward the work of the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino and fellow Austinite Greg Kwedar's 2016 low-budget thriller "Transpecos" as well as "Breaking Bad."
Posted Feb 11, 2019
Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018)
"Capernaum" overcomes its built-in clichés to forcefully tell a story as urgent as the latest breaking-news bulletin.
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
It's "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with a better cast and an MFA degree.
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
[Gloria Swanson] proves that in the years she has been off the screen she has lost none of her glamour, the magnetism that made her an outstanding personality of the early Hollywood days.
Posted Jan 27, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
It's often quite funny, the effects are satisfying if not out of this world, and its message that we should ally with those with whom we disagree to defeat the larger evils in this world is meant as much for adults as kids but it's never too heavy-handed.
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Swing Kids (2018)
"Swing Kids" is such a dizzying, anachronistic mash-up of genres and cultures -- tap-dancing musical, violent war movie, social-justice drama, and slapstick comedy -- that it deserves respect, even if it falls short as it strains to cover all these bases.
Posted Dec 21, 2018
The animation captures a comic book's sense of engagement and imagination but the visuals never overwhelm the story.
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Cuarón has made a roster of impressive films...but "Roma," though perhaps not as immediately accessible, is his masterwork, a heartfelt evocation of a time and place that celebrates the unsung and the unheard.
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Burning (Beoning) (2018)
This absorbing, if fitfully frustrating, portrait of love, obsession and jealousy is rarely less than fascinating. It's also a fine showcase for Steven Yeun ("The Walking Dead"), who proves he's much more than a Happy Meal for zombies.
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Creed II (2018)
"Creed II" steps inside the ropes under the heavy weight of expectations, is not as nimble and has put on some pounds around the middle. Yet while the film doesn't get heads ringing like the first one, it's still able to go the distance.
Posted Nov 20, 2018
This intriguing and skillfully wrought indie science-fiction tale has the feel of a low-key "Black Mirror" episode.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
"Wildlife" is the kind of movie whose low-key hush could get lost in all the buzz over the big-name, holiday-season releases. Sometimes, though, it's the quiet ones who make the most noise.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Powered by an understated performance by Viola Davis, "Widows" shows what can be done within the boundaries of the expected while delivering something unexpected.
Posted Nov 14, 2018
The defiantly lo-fi "Prospect" is a smartly entertaining throwback that doesn't need a Marvel movie's worth of CGI to make its point.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Tthe swashbuckling, bloodthirsty South Korean film "Rampant" is a rollicking genre mash-up that's what you might get if Hamlet were being chased by the undead for two hours.
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Not a lot happens in "Mid90s" but as a slice of teenage life, it feels almost like a documentary from that time, full of well-observed - if foul-mouthed and sometimes dangerous - moments that ring true.
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
[The film] places as much focus on a smart gender twist and sympathetic concerns about how the characters will progress.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Much trust was placed on Legendary Pictures and the talents courted for "Warcraft" to break the film-to-game curse, but this match has ended with a loss.
Posted Oct 11, 2018
First Man (2018)
While it celebrates the struggle and technological marvel that was Apollo 11 without resorting to empty histrionics, it's also a well-wrought character study of a man whose tight-lipped demeanor belied the emotional turmoil roiling beneath the surface.
Posted Oct 9, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018)
Ultimately, "The Hate U Give" is a life-affirming rebuttal to apathy, despair and surrender. It's also one of the year's most important films.
Posted Oct 4, 2018
Golden Job (2018)
"Golden Job" is just a generic heist movie that wants to fuse the clever camaraderie of "Ocean's Eleven" with the turbo-charged swagger of "The Fast and the Furious" movies, yet the sum ends up being decidedly far less than its already predictable parts.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
A frequently aimless but ultimately rewarding take on brotherhood and bonding amid the itchy trigger fingers and lust for quick riches of the California gold rush.
Posted Sep 26, 2018
The Great Battle (2018)
What's not to like when there are weapons with such names as malevolent wood, siege tower and wolf teeth striker? When, after an attack is launched, one character matter-of-factly says, "quite intense," audiences will know exactly how he feels.
Posted Sep 19, 2018
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018)
Qasim Basir's melancholic mood piece, "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.," certainly has its pretensions...But to get caught up in its impressive stylishness is to miss the larger point of finding strength through human connection.
Posted Sep 12, 2018
An efficiently made but predictable and very violent "Taken"/"Death Wish" revenge-apalooza that does little new with the formula.
Posted Sep 6, 2018
"Searching" is like a refreshed web page, a new take on something woefully familiar.
Posted Aug 29, 2018
The result is a film with much of the same appeal as "The Lost City of Z." Let's hope it doesn't have the same fate.
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Mile 22 (2018)
"Mile 22" looks like what happens when someone on a jittery Red Bull jag decides to make a movie at 2 a.m. after fast-forwarding through "The Bourne Identity."
Posted Aug 16, 2018
When "BuyBust" finally combusts, it's often simultaneously spectacular and disturbing.
Posted Aug 10, 2018
The Meg (2018)
All those who like their summer movies as big as the Pacific and as dumb as a bucket of sand will appreciate "The Meg," a sometimes ridiculously entertaining, if forgettable, killer shark movie.
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Cruise once again shows that being 56-years-old is no barrier to being an action hero while the movie itself proves that being a summer blockbuster cash cow that doesn't veer wildly from the unexpected doesn't have to be uninspired.
Posted Jul 25, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
A politically charged, love-it-or-hate-it, speculative-fiction fantasy that ruthlessly skewers and satirizes the modern age while also being darkly absurdist and brutally funny.
Posted Jul 11, 2018
The First Purge (2018)
Unfortunately, despite a strong start and some action-movie pleasures throughout, "The First Purge" is a little too heavy handed, routine and ridden with logic problems to make its points stick.
Posted Jul 5, 2018
It wouldn't be a surprise to discover that the film wasn't based on a script but a schematic, a blueprint for everything Hollywood desires in popcorn-crunching entertainment during the dog days.
Posted Jun 21, 2018
American Animals (2018)
Takes a mild curiosity from a long-ago news cycle and elevates it into something singularly fascinating.
Posted Jun 13, 2018
First Reformed (2018)
The latest film from pugnacious director/writer Paul Schrader is as austere and revelatory as a church confessional...It's a bleak portrait of a man in the midst of a spiritual breakdown that is only slightly undone by its rather unsatisfying conclusion.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
"Hereditary" is closer in tone to the likes of "The Babadook," "It Follows," "A Quiet Place" and "It Comes at Night," where the dread and fear come not from what you see but what you think you might see.
Posted Jun 6, 2018
Lee Hae-Yeong's gripping retelling of Johnnie To's "Drug War"...stands on its own and is different enough from the original to make it less a clone and more of a genuflection.
Posted Jun 6, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2018)
"On Chesil Beach" is PBS-tasteful in its approach, but its power rests in a restraint that makes what it builds to all the more moving.
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
It's tantalizing to wonder what the film that Miller and Lord would have been. Might it have offered a promising glimpse of what a less boilerplate "Star Wars" might look like?
Posted May 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Just when it looks as if all hope is smothered under the heavy weight of fan expectations [and] a reported $300 million budget, it comes roaring to life with a wake-'em-up battle on the fields of Wakanda and a quietly spectacular, sobering ending.
Posted Apr 24, 2018
A despairing work that's not quite as gripping as its predecessor, "Foxtrot" still manages to make a powerful statement about the unintended side effects of living in a constant state of war.
Posted Apr 4, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018)
"A Quiet Place" is the one film where, if you are surrounded by popcorn-crunching, cellophane rattling and cell-phone-chatting neighbors, you will wish these monsters were real.
Posted Apr 3, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs" is such a feast of illustrated imagination and subtle wit in its depiction of an exiled canine kingdom that the idea of a life lived under the heavy paw of our pooch overlords doesn't seem like such a bad one.
Posted Mar 27, 2018
The Cured (2018)
At its best, it has the provocative cunning of a "Black Mirror" episode. Unfortunately, "The Cured" becomes less cerebral and more predictably action-oriented in its third act .
Posted Mar 21, 2018
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
"Pacific Rim Uprising" is a lot like the city-crunching monsters it stars: big, loud and as dull-witted as Homer Simpson roused from a medically induced coma.
Posted Mar 21, 2018
Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018)
"Loveless," which is Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" dipped in battery acid, is a master class in melancholy.
Posted Mar 21, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
It takes what could have been a teen-movie cliché stacked on top of a coming-out cliché like stale wedding cake and turns them into something that feels fresh, even while not saying anything particularly revelatory.
Posted Mar 15, 2018
The Party (2018)