White Noise Netflix

White Noise Review: Noah Baumbach’s Latest Family Drama Is Loud But Unclear

Noah Baumbach returns to Netflix as the writer/director of a new family drama, White Noise. The film, based on Don DeLillo’s brilliant 1985 novel, concerns a chemical meltdown that causes chaos and inflames tensions among a quirky small-town family in the ’70s. It bears a superficial resemblance to his prior family drama, Marriage Story, about a couple in the midst of a bitter divorce, which, like the new film, also […]

Bones and All

Bones and All Review: Timothée Chalamet’s Meandering Cannibal Movie Is Rather Tasteless

The clever critic, with even a superficial knowledge of film history, will dutifully reference two all-time classics in describing Luca Guadagnino’s new film — Silence of the Lambs and Bonnie and Clyde — both of which feature taut stories with gripping emotional centers. But Guadagnino’s latest, Bones and All, is never quite as gripping or as emotional as it should be, and what could’ve been a classic falls short of […]

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Review: Ryan Coogler’s Marvel Franchise Encounters a Sophomore Slump

The bookending tributes to Chadwick Boseman in the sequel to his Oscar-winning film, Black Panther, are spectacular. It seems important to get that out of the way early in this review, and equally crucial that writer/director Ryan Coogler nail that critical facet of the film — which he did. But Wakanda Forever, as the sequel is subtitled, does not purport to spend its bulky 160-minute runtime on mere homage to […]

Armageddon Time

Armageddon Time Review: A Touching Coming-of-Age Tale That Portends Modern Problems

A common theme has emerged from several of this year’s more serious adult dramas — the idea that the political divides of the day (race, immigration, inequality) were seeded in the 1980s. That is certainly a topic suggested by Sam Mendes‘ upcoming feature Empire of Light, and it is front and center in another semi-autobiographical tale, the coming-of-age film Armageddon Time from Ad Astra director James Gray. The film finds Gray […]

Halloween Ends

Halloween Ends Review: Michael Myers and Laurie Strode Say Goodbye in Scintillating Finale

At nearly 45 years old, Halloween is one of the long-running franchises in Hollywood history, and it has become iconic in many ways, from its dread-filled score to its masked villain, Michael Myers. The original 1978 movie minted a new star (Jamie Lee Curtis), remade the slasher genre forever, and has endured far longer than any of the copycats it spawned, most of whom have been sent to their cinematic […]

No Picture

Bros Review: Billy Eichner Adapts Judd Apatow’s Rom-Com Formula for Gays and It’s Hilarious, Even If It Doesn’t Push the Envelope

The romantic comedies of prolific director-producer Judd Apatow are the 21st Century’s version of Meg Ryan’s early ’90s hits. The protagonist of the producer’s latest project, Bros, is a single, 40-year-old gay man who is perennially frustrated with his singleness, and telegraphs his generation’s infatuation with the kind of love frequently found in Ryan’s films by repeatedly watching them, whether he’s feeling good or a little down. Billy Eichner, who […]

The Good Nurse

The Good Nurse Review: Another Good Jessica Chastain Performance Can’t Make Up for a Bad Script

Fresh off of her well-deserved Oscar win for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Jessica Chastain plays another undeniably sympathetic character in the upcoming Netflix thriller The Good Nurse, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chastain plays Amy Loughren, a single mother with a life-threatening condition who nonetheless works as an ICU nurse at a hospital where numerous patients begin to die under suspicious circumstances. Her friend and […]

The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin Review: Martin McDonagh Milks Grim Laughs From Irish Pain and Sadness

Do you ever feel like you just want to be left the eff alone for no discernible reason other than you have simply had enough? Would you be willing to cut off your proverbial nose to spite your face in order to achieve that level of hermitage? These are the questions posed by director Martin McDonagh’s latest film The Banshees of Inisherin, which answers them with amusing and at times […]

The Woman King

The Woman King Review: Viola Davis Delivers as Royal African Warrior in Sony’s Historical Epic

Before the TIFF world premiere of The Woman King, Viola Davis called the historical epic her magnum opus, and while many film festival intros feature exaggerated hyperbole, Davis isn’t prone to such talk, as the no-nonsense actress means business, much like her latest character. The Woman King takes place in the West African kingdom of Dahomey, which is defended from neighboring kingdoms as well as Portuguese colonizers by a fearsome […]

The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans Review: Steven Spielberg Takes on His Love of Movies With This “Instant Classic” Based on His Own Childhood

There are no living directors (and perhaps not even dead ones) who can combine the utter originality of Steven Spielberg’s projects with his pinpoint perfection when it comes to technical and emotional moviemaking. Few filmmakers have been able to so entertain audiences, while wowing them with effects and adventure, pulling at the emotional heartstrings, and showcasing persistently original, intelligent content. In short, Steven Spielberg, even when remaking a movie, is […]