senior film critic for IndieWire.
A downbeat but aggressively heartwarming dramedy about the unusual friendship that forms between a widowed Jewish writer (Billy Crystal) and the newly single Black woman whose ex-boyfriend was his biggest fan (Tiffany Haddish), “Here Today” is the kind of movie that people don’t really make anymore. And by the time it’s over, there’s a good chance that even the most old-fashioned audiences will have made their peace with that.
Which isn’t to say that Crystal’s first directorial outing in the…
The weirdest thing about Guy Ritchie’s “Wrath of Man” isn’t that his new meathead heist movie tries to combine the tricksy plotting of “Snatch” (which he made) with the ice-cold steeliness of “Heat” (which he most definitely did not), or that the entire story hinges on the protagonist buying two burritos from the wrong food truck. It’s not that one of the major action set pieces is set to an industrial dubstep remix of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” nor…
spiritually corrupt, but — BUT! — also flat and artless in a way that not even the worst Star Wars movies have been before.
thanks to paternity leave, i have no professional obligation to keep thinking about this hugely disappointing capitulation to the most feckless elements of studio filmmaking. and so i won't.
EDIT: Babu Frik innocent.