Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review

“Anger begets anger.” The aforementioned Mahavira proverb shows up in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as part of a gag, attributed to a character who obviously lacks the intellectual depth to have conceived of it herself. Despite its satirical delivery, however, the quote fittingly encapsulates the thematic material of the entire film. In fact, the... Continue Reading →

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Review

You’ve seen psychological horror before, but you’ve never seen it like this. Following 2015's acclaimed The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos broadens his fascinating foray into the conceptually bizarre with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The filmmaker's latest is an unrelenting descent into the abominable, a disturbing exploration of one father faced with an unthinkable choice as his... Continue Reading →

Justice League Review

And just like that, 2017’s superhero streak has come to an end. Despite the encouragement this past June’s exceptional Wonder Woman provided, Zack Snyder’s Justice League won’t sit among the ranks of recent hits including Logan or Thor: Ragnarok, but rather plummets the DC Extended Universe back to the pitiful depths of Batman v Superman... Continue Reading →

Murder on the Orient Express Review

When a filmmaker directs himself in his own film, it is often viewed as a mark of conceit. In cases like Charlie Chaplin or Woody Allen, it’s clear the work would have suffered without the artist occupying both roles, but with a feature like Murder on the Orient Express, the essence of a greedy passion... Continue Reading →

The Florida Project Review

Playing in limited release is one of the most exquisite portraits of childhood put to film, and without question one of the greatest pictures of 2017. Sean Baker’s glimpse into poverty in sunny Kissimmee, Florida is at once beguiling, alarming, and sweet. Set in a grungy refuge for the near-homeless against the deceptive backdrop of... Continue Reading →

Suburbicon Review

Judging by its pathetic $2.8 million box office performance over the weekend, I’m sure it’s very unlikely that very many of you are planning on seeing Suburbicon. For those that are, I’ll save you some trouble and let you know now that despite the towering star talent involved, Suburbicon is an awkward faceplant in addition... Continue Reading →

Thank You for Your Service Review

It may have been only a week since we saw him last, but Miles Teller is in theaters again with another stellar performance. This time, the prodigy stars as Adam Schumann, an Iraq vet who leaves the field but not the war in Thank You for Your Service. In this moving biographical drama, Jason Hall,... Continue Reading →

Only the Brave Review

Following weeks of national coverage reporting the devastation of wildfires on the West Coast, Columbia Pictures’ impeccably-timed Only the Brave blazes into theaters. Originally slated for a September release, this firefighter drama was delayed due to a distributor dispute, and singes even deeper as a result. Joseph Kosinski’s memorial of the legendary Granite Mountain hotshots... Continue Reading →

Geostorm Review

Batten down the hatches! It’s disaster movie week at the multiplex. Whereas Columbia Pictures’ Only the Brave prevails as a bulwark of a drama, Warner Bros.’ generic blockbuster Geostorm couldn’t be farther from it. With incompetent execution, incoherent plotting, asinine dialogue and laughable performances, this epic has it all, save for one important little detail:... Continue Reading →

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