• Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    The overwhelming theme in John Hughes' best movies is loneliness. More than that....feeling ignored and insignificant. As Ally Sheedy says in "The Breakfast Club," about how precisely her parents abuse her...."they ignore me."

    Cameron famously stares into the painting at the museum while his best friend makes out with the pretty girl.

    Cameron sees that the girl in the painting is crying or wailing when you look closer...even with her mother there with her holding her hand. This is parallel…

  • 1917

    1917

    A technical marvel whose emotional impact does not match its ambition. But what a technical marvel.

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    When its Orson Welles of all people that late in his career decided to make one of the best filmed sex scenes of all-time, right there is enough reason to check this movie out.

    Not sure the whole completely matches the sum of its parts, but some scenes are incredible in only that way Welles could have made them.

  • First Man

    First Man

    For me, the best film of 2018.

    A true shame a nonsense controversy overshadowed such a fantastic movie. Damien Chazelle is in rarefied air, and Gosling continues his streak as one of our finest actors making the most interesting movies.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    I could write far more words for what is wrong with this movie than what is right. The ending is rather lame. Even the final surprise character feels dumb and poorly written.

    But Jeff Bridges is fantastic as usual. His chemistry with Cynthia Erivo is strong. I actually found that to be the most rewarding part. Watching one of our finest actors do his thing once again.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    Funny with strong performances.

    A rare take at the teen/HS comedy in which the nerds may be the jerks and the popular kids are not so bad. Often even kind.

    Nice spin well executed.

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    Kristen Stewart is better than we all thought after the "Twilight" movies. But the low expectations won her numerous awards for this average performance. Juliette Binoche is fantastic. Stewart is "fine." Not since Geena Davis winning an Oscar for "The Accidental Tourist," have I watched a universally acclaimed performance and said, "wait, that's it?"

    She deserves some acclaim for "Personal Shopper." But why she received overwhelming praise for this effort I will never understand.

    I no longer understand acting. Or maybe anything, for that matter.

    Oh, it is a solid movie. See it for Binoche alone.

  • Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer

    Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer

    "Gosnell," is head and shoulders above what many "faith based" productions tend to be. And its not exactly that either. Actually there is nothing religious about the film.

    Most of the performances are strong, notably Earl Billings as Gosnell. The irony of the scenes showing the complete lack of interest from the press, is how many review sites will not bother to review or even acknowledge this film, despite reviewing other films with far less expected viewership.

    "It's not about…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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

    I hated this movie. It feels like the director has never visited the area he is making a movie about.

    So the new sheriff walks up on a man thrown out a window and beaten in the street, with who obviously did it right in front of him and doesn't arrest him? Nearly every character talks the same way. Woody Harrelson becomes some wise Ben Kenobi type from beyond the grave. Suicide is even more charming and cool here than…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    When I saw Ex Machina, my favorite film of 2015, I wrote, "this is the movie everyone tells me Blade Runner is." Blade Runner has for me always been understandably influential with its visuals and effects.

    But the film always left me hallow. Despite Rutger Hauer's "tears in rain" speech, I wanted to care as much throughout the film as I did at the end.

    I rewatched it the day before seeing 2049 and to my slight delight, I did…

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    A film that starts with great promise and is not able to live up to it throughout. The best part of the movie is the casting of Melanie Lynskey, who I am always happy to see in anything. Since discovering her as the best part of every episode of "Two and a Half Men" she showed up in, to going back and discovering her in small roles in movies, her scene stealing moments without fail feel not long enough.

    Here…

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    The first 20 minutes or so of this movie seemed as slow as molasses. Then when it was over I thought it had only been going for an hour.

    Farrell and Dunst are the best part of the movie. Dunst's character is both naive as well as arguably stupid, while also being the most sympathetic. Dunst finds the right note, as she normally does. Her recent career has been a quiet triumph of performances. The same with Colin Farrell, who…