• Old

    Old

    ★★★★

    Nicki Minaj was wrong, let’s not go to the beach.

    The filmmaking in this is honestly exceptional?? There has to be a full half hour where it’s mostly just well-composed oblique angles, and the effect is so off-putting. For better and for worse, no one is doing it like Shyamalan right now.

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★½

    Frustrating to me that this isn't better, but—and I do not say this lightly—best split diopter of 2021.

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★★

    Somehow more, not less, terrifying on repeat viewings—particularly the car wash scene, in which grinding gears, whumping turbines, and flowing soap suds are more expressive than the actors themselves. The performance style is more than just cold—the actors are vacuous, even lifeless (which is actually quite a hard effect to achieve, especially with such physically demanding material). Here, bodies and automobiles are on a constant collision course, yet it hardly matters when limbs and viscera go flying. At some point,…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★

    That Smells Like Teen Spirit cover is abhorrent!

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Something fun… something for the summertime… something for the girls to get ready and party to…

  • Unfaithful

    Unfaithful

    ★★★★½

    Diane Lane has sex with a French man at Village East Cinema in the middle of the workday.... They simply do not make them like this anymore!

    As psychosexual thrillers go, this is an interesting one because of how straight-faced it is. It is unusually serious about the melodrama of marital implosion, and that should be a point against the film. Surprisingly, Adrian Lyne pulls it off. True to Chabrol's oeuvre, this is a very incisive portrayal of middle-class repression.…

  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★★★

    While watching this, I couldn't stop thinking about that quote Kent Jones began his Tree of Life review with: "All that is, is light," which is from a piece of writing by the philosopher Johannes Scotus Eriugena. Dramatic displays of light are everywhere in this. The most memorable images are ones where small light sources—tiny apertures in the ground that let sun spill into subterranean passageways, flames that just barely illuminate rooms—end up majorly impacting the spaces and people within…

  • Sex and the City 2

    Sex and the City 2

    “Alex, how could you give this a half-star? It racks focus to a boner… ‘Lawrence of my labia,’ Alex,” as Vic said.

  • Mare of Easttown
  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★

    What if Brian De Palma but mediocre?

  • All Light, Everywhere

    All Light, Everywhere

    ★★★★

    Pigeon Film, or: The Act of Seeing Without One's Own Eyes. Goes from Étienne-Jules Marey to racist policing to artificial intelligence in under 110 minutes, and does so in an coherent manner—no small feat! Good stuff. Anthony's best work is as an editor.

  • The Human Voice

    The Human Voice

    ★★★½

    A Brechtian Almodovar film starring Tilda Swinton in which a Phantom Thread Blu-ray acts as a mise-en-scène element? This is a movie for ME.