• 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.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

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

    I admit I went into The Batman kind of dreading it. A *three-hour* Batman movie? And one that leans into the grim 'n gritty take on the character that has become so tiresome in the years since Frank Miller first wrote him?

    I did not come out of it feeling like the movie earned its punishing length. The fight scene in Gotham Square Garden is completely unnecessary (Bruce could have learned the same lesson just talking to Riddler), and the…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    My goodness, now I just want to see Renata Reinsve in everything. And visit Oslo. (My only trip to Norway went to Bergen, which is also lovely.)

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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

    If asked to rank my favorite Star Wars movies based on how many incredible things happen in them, this might well be my number 1 over Empire. Rian Johnson just puts together banger (bomber sequence) after banger (the triple-header of the throne fight, Finn vs Phasma, and Holdo vs the flagship) after banger (Luke Skywalker challenging the entire First Order with a laser sword). As a whole film, though, it still feels as if Rian Johnson just wanted to incorporate…

  • Superman

    Superman

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

    Realized it had been so long since a member of the family had watched this that they had no memories of it other than "You've got me? Who's got you?!?!" So we fired it up again, and my god, does it all sing beautifully. (Okay, maybe not the spoken word poetry section, which is a *choice*. But at the same time, I amuse myself imagining someone in 2022 trying to pitch the same thing — with the same degree of…

  • Heaven Can Wait

    Heaven Can Wait

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

    We watched this movie a million times on TV when I was a kid, even though (like most of the films my parents exposed me to back then), I was not in any way the target demo. It remains incredibly charming, and one of the best pure distillations of Warren Beatty: Movie Star.

    That said, I cannot let go of the same feeling I had as a kid: Joe Pendleton gets an incredibly raw deal.

    It's not just that Buck…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    A feat of magic that tonally is nothing like Better Things (one of my favorite shows of recent vintage), but that has a similar quality in which nothing seems to be happening for long stretches, and yet every moment is so deeply felt that I am engaged throughout. And all of it builds beautifully to the necessary moments at the end.

  • Kimi

    Kimi

    ★★★½

    Rear Window may be my favorite Hitchcock (it’s that or North By Northwest), so of course Soderbergh riffing on it with a tech bros run amok twist would be my jam. We won’t get High Fidelity season 2, but Zoe Kravitz has very quickly become a performer I’m eager to watch in any role.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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

    The original Ghostbusters is a movie that has no business working. That it does work — that it is so beloved that it has inspired all these sequels/reboots/whatever, along with various increasingly toxic fan wars — is almost entirely due to the way Bill Murray is at every turn mocking the very movie he is the hero of. Ghostbusters '84 is the peak of DGAF Murray, and his sheer sarcastic brilliance puts all the movie's other pieces (the clunky mythology…