film review

Time slows to a halt in the dog days of summer, as the inevitable boredom of liminal freedom begins to sink in like the gentle heat of the sun. But it’s not always so luminous, as the new film “Summer ...

Directors often get all the credit for successful movies. It’s a problematic notion that often leads to the critical worship of messianic auteurs famous for their meticulous control. However, an army of dedicated craftspeople expend their blood, sweat and tears ...

There is, perhaps, no more potent symbol of the American imagination than the cowboy. Images of 10 gallon hats, wide open prairies and wild horses permeate our popular culture, and stories of these cowboys formed the basis of the first ...

Motherhood, a frequent favorite subject of Hollywood, has been the source of conflict in many a melodrama in film’s early days of glory (see the enduring popularity of stories such as “Mildred Pierce”). But filmmakers — largely male — often ...

I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of 2016’s R-rated superhero sensation “Deadpool.” Sure, it was a refreshing new brand of superhero film, but Ryan Reynolds’ shtick quickly became tiresome and its thin plot was underwhelming. Its sequel, ...

Boots Riley’s debut film “Sorry to Bother You” is a visceral critique of the American capitalist process. Rapper turned writer and director, Riley expertly uses humor and music to allow the audience to recline amid the film’s daunting, contemplative social ...

  Although this surf flick has been referred to as “Jaws for the next generation” by several film websites, summer thriller The Shallows fails to live up to the reputation of the groundbreaking, man versus nature classic. This film turns ...

I’ll confess that, for the longest time, my biggest sticking point with Hail, Caesar! was its February release date. A prestige picture about the good old days of Hollywood by Hollywood darlings the Coen Brothers seemed ripe for awards glory, ...

Controversial life protip time: If you’re ever wondering if someone is worth talking with about film, ask them about Quentin Tarantino. If the words “hack,” “rip-off” or any discussion of how long it’s been since he’s had a good idea ...