Book & Film Globe

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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 Jexi (2019) Stephen Garrett Buyer beware: smartphones are bad for you. That's the eat-your-veggies premise of the promising but poorly programmed Jexi, a charming, laugh-challenged paranoid comedy about toxic technology and AI sociopathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Stephen Garrett Somewhere under all the action-packed bells and whistles is an underdeveloped drama of identity crisis and dehumanization EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Stephen Garrett Dolemite is clearly a labor of love, and Murphy's total commitment to the midlife-crisis comedian is what makes the film so endearing. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 Joker (2019) Stephen Garrett Joker has two scenes that are absolutely brilliant. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) Stephen Garrett Think Erin Brokovich, but without the push-up bras and Oscar-thirsty showboating. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Stephen Garrett Rambo: Last Blood is uncut geriatric xenophobia. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Stephen Garrett In space, no one can hear you weep. That's the takeaway from James Gray's magnificently dolorous Ad Astra, a galactic head trip with a title that means "to the stars" but more accurately aims for the heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) Stephen Garrett Hustlers has a you-go-girl intensity that's downright delicious. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Stephen Garrett Don't expect a movie. This is franchise fodder at its most automated. It's an item on a menu. It's fast casual. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 The Great Hack (2019) Stephen Garrett Just because something's been said a hundred times doesn't make it any less true. The Great Hack is essential viewing because even if you think you've heard it all, you haven't. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 Luz (2018) Stephen Garrett Luz shines brightly but also blinds in the process. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Stephen Garrett State-of-the-art pablum. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Crawl (2019) Stephen Garrett Enough with the story already! People aren't here for the plot. Thankfully, French grindhouse auteur Alexandre Aja knows full well to keep exposition brief. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 Midsommar (2019) Stephen Garrett Ari Aster's dread-drenched Midsommar, a masterpiece of folk horror, proves that the scariest monsters don't need to lurk in the shadows. How can they, in the land of the midnight sun? EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Stephen Garrett The movie is pleasant enough, breezy and fun, although it's also strangely glib about death and destruction. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Stephen Garrett Don't think about it too much, just sit back and relax. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 Anna (2019) Stephen Garrett Anna is a perfectly enjoyable XX-chromosome shoot-'em-up with a couple of dazzlingly choreographed set pieces. But the mindless antics suffer from Euro-pretention whenever someone pontificates. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Stephen Garrett It's a hard movie to describe, let alone define. Which is the point. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Stephen Garrett Startling moments of mournful grace adorn The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a grimly playful domestic elegy layered with deeply tender pain. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Stephen Garrett Late Night is the sweetest angry film I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Stephen Garrett By the time the end credits rolled, its Riviera audience seemed just as glassy-eyed as the film's silver-screen ghouls. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Stephen Garrett It grapples with the ultimate challenge: how to follow, and preserve, a moral compass in a time of political turmoil and rising fascism. Topical cinema, anyone? EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Stephen Garrett Think less Ingourious Basterds and more Jackie Brown. This is a hang-out movie where QT admirably moderates his showboating dialogue and baroque violence. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Stephen Garrett Pain and Glory is a quiet, deeply emotional movie that illuminates how much the creative process can be a cathartic, therapeutic exercise in healing. It's a summation of sorts, a reconciliation, and a paean to filmmaking itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Parasite (2019) Stephen Garrett The hilariously inventive story has so many unexpected moments of out-there mayhem that it's hard to keep count. And the ways in which Bong turns the screws on the clan of grifters is absolutely riveting. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Stephen Garrett Rocketman is an unapologetic jukebox musical, using songs out of order to heighten the emotional weight of an otherwise chronological and fairly familiar story of success, oblivion, and redemption. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Stephen Garrett A rapturously-bleak horror/fantasy... EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
I Lost My Body (2019) Stephen Garrett Eerily beguiling...a darkly comic standout... EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Stephen Garrett The Souvenir initially felt both dizzying and intoxicating. The second time I saw it, my comprehension of the story was more sober. And yet the film's full range of emotions left me doubly besotted. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Stephen Garrett How could such a road-tested premise fail? Maybe because the story wasn't so structurally sound to begin with. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Intruder (2019) Stephen Garrett It's hard to pan a movie this entertaining, but it's also hard to recommend The Intruder with a straight face. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 Shadow (2018) Stephen Garrett A stultifying melodrama with gonzo fight scenes so dazzling, so baroque, so downright harebrained, it will leave you slack-jawed. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Stephen Garrett An NPR fever dream of self-righteousness gilded with smug "meaningful life" humblebrags and wrapped in deliriously seductive outdoor cinematography. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Stephen Garrett His ethos: a contemplative connection between the durability of nature and the ethereal power of music. It's pure. And it's pure bliss. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Stephen Garrett Overall, the fourth and final-not-final Avengers movie is full of emotion, much more than its predecessors, and rife with well-earned resolutions. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Stephen Garrett Imagine Del Toro's movies, except without any spark, wit, fun, tension and excitement. The film's shortcomings are so legion, it's almost impressive. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Peterloo (2018) Stephen Garrett Peterloo lays bare how vanity not just fuels the worst impulses, but even corrodes the best intentions. As with all of his films, Leigh punctures the pretension in others and reveres modesty, however rare. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Stephen Garrett Sometimes dead is better, at least when it comes to this moribund franchise. You've been warned: they don't come back the same. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Stephen Garrett Little is a bad movie with wonderful main actors, a fundamentally dumb story, and occasionally delightful dialogue. The dissonance is dizzying. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 The Image Book (2018) Stephen Garrett There's more inspired, original, daring technique in its 85-minute running time than in most movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Stephen Garrett There's much to feast on in Ash Is Purest White for those who have done their homework and are sympathetic to an auteur recycling familiar territory. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Stephen Garrett The film floats strangely through history, anchored only by its eternal message that a generous heart is the only way to salvation. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Stephen Garrett These motley individuals have bruised souls. And the pain runs deep. As the film progresses, writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda parcels out clue after clue. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Stephen Garrett Despite all their warrior-woman posturing, and all the lip service to their respective strengths, the two women ultimately wear their crowns like handcuffs. Neither can outmatch the scheming men who use and abuse them. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Stephen Garrett A pop-art revelation overflowing with wit and panache, this maniacal animated hoot ranks up there with the best of Tex Avery, Ub Iwerks, and Fleischer Studios. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 Vox Lux (2018) Stephen Garrett Celeste's upward trajectory and slide into damnation are oddly hypnotic. Her pop life makes for an absorbing history of violence. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Stephen Garrett It's not surprising that the actors give mostly robotic contributions. The kids in particular deliver line readings that are so nonplussed they're virtually somnambulic. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Stephen Garrett Stylized but uninflected, arch but earthy, almost satiric in its earnestness, and defying expectations at every turn, S. Craig Zahler's sauntering thriller is an study in paradoxes. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 Captive State (2019) Stephen Garrett It's a pity the tropes of an oppressed 99% fighting an effectively unseen 1% seem to overshadow any credible renderings of sympathetic heroes or compelling villains. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Stephen Garrett No such retooling happens in Gloria Bell, a still-charming and occasionally delightful late-life romance that's nearly a carbon-copy remake of the original movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019