• Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Super charming two-hander. Emma Thompson remains the best.

  • RRR

    RRR

    Tired: can't they make the whole plain out of the black box?

    Wire: can't they make every movie out of RRR?

    What a joy. It is every movie all jammed into one, beautifully.

  • My Favorite Year

    My Favorite Year

    ★★★★★

    Fathers Day pick, went over smashingly. Peter O’Toole plays an astonishingly funny screen drunk and then turns around and gives you epic pathos and even some heroism. Mark Linn-Baker is his perfect foil, and every line of the script is quotable. “I’m not an actor! I’m a movie star!”

    A perfect perfect movie.

  • Hustle

    Hustle

    A fun movie that delivers exactly what it promises. And also, Tobias Harris is third-billed?!?!

  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    Have been revisiting The OC recently and got curious about this Adam Brody vehicle. It’s very good, committing to the absolute tonal weirdness of its concept — basically, “What if Encyclopedia Brown was still a private eye in his 30s, but was haunted by a kidnapping he never solved as a boy?” — in ways that are both funny and immensely sad.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Man, that was incredible. Put Dr Strange to shame for multiversal hijinks and creativity (and somehow also gave its hero a third eye for a crucial sequence). Fantastic action, funny, smart, emotional, and a wonderfully elaborate homage to the weirdest part of Ratatouille. What’s not to love?

  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I have not seen this movie in 41 years, since it was in theaters on its way to winning Best Picture over Raiders of the Lost Ark and Reds (still on the bucket list). My main childhood memories were of two things: Vangelis' awe-inspiring synth score, and my disappointment that the movie seemed to be building to a big Abrahams vs. Liddell race in the Olympics, only for it not to happen because that's how events played out in real…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Two things can be true: Maverick is the most shameless piece of pandering towards its star in the history of cinema, and it is also an enormously entertaining piece of pandering.

    That said, I came out of it most impressed by the three actors in the three most thankless roles: Jon Hamm as Lame Boss Who Thinks Maverick's Washed, Jennifer Connelly as Generic Love Interest Here To Make You Forget That We Didn’t Invite Kelt McGillis Back & Glen Powell as…

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★★★★

    I had somehow never seen this before. That was clearly a mistake.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Despite having one of my best in-theater experiences ever the first time I watched this, I had resisted it every time it came up in a streaming or VOD browse. I just worried that the surprise of the movie, and the ways it keeps upending our expectations of what exactly the story is and why anything is happening, was too important, and that watching with that knowledge would make it less fun a second time. I was wrong. If anything,…

  • Nobody's Fool

    Nobody's Fool

    ★★★★★

    A perfect movie. Virtually everyone in the cast has never been better (or if they were, they were great in different ways, like Newman in The Verdict), it is full of warmth and joy and a whole lot of big laughs. Spectacular comfort food.

  • The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead

    ★★★★½

    I reviewed this for the college paper, loved it, immediately saw star power in Leo and Crowe, and was baffled it came and went from theaters so quickly. Glad blank check gave me an excuse to watch it again for the first time in a while. Honestly, I think it’s my favorite Raimi.