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  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★

    Rob Marshall is a uniquely bad filmmaker. Dude must think he's making movies for the 1963 crowd.

  • Hotel Mumbai

    Hotel Mumbai

    ★★½

    One can only imagine that this is the most faithful possible depiction of the brutal, coordinated, and devastating terrorist attack that occurred in Mumbai 2008. The most harrowing scenes occur when all sounds (aside from the deafening gunshots and momentary screams) are stripped from the soundtrack, leaving only tense quiet as people lie in wait to die or escape. But the characterizations are mostly weak, with every attempt to humanize victims and attackers alike feeling strained, westernized, and simple. Still,…

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★½

    In this postmodern acid wash nightmare called 21st century America, some of us no longer have the ability to register rock bottom. We just spiral deeper into the neon abyss, documenting our own demise by way of pop culture and ego and delusion. Complex emotion is meaningless. The momentum of deceit is unstoppable. Those contemplating the limits of excess are either delusional or weak, unnecessary, disposable. As a result, the Culture teaches us to be cold, unfeeling, and obsessive to the pursuit of nothing else but those boobies y'all. We are what we lust after, and we are lusting after self-destruction. Mission Accomplished.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

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

    The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of…