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  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    Sofia Coppola’s Cinema-of-Privilege.
    A Hollywood scion puts class and race On the Rocks — and it’s a cloying cocktail.

    Sofia Coppola’s best film, 1989’s Life Without Zoe, was also Francis Ford Coppola’s loveliest trifle, an emotionally buoyant anecdote featuring ecstatic visual elegance (as shot by Vittorio Storaro). That court métrage (short film) was a studio-financed daughter–father collaboration — Coppola père directed, Coppola fille wrote the screenplay — in which a wealthy artist’s only child bestows her noblesse oblige across a…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    Make Zack Snyder Nonpartisan Again.
    As a visionary, he rivets. As a sloganeer, beset with TDS, he alienates and disappoints.

    The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement took a gut punch this weekend when director Zack Snyder, currently in the middle of restoring his original version of Justice League, tweeted his endorsement of a preelection video favoring a major-political-party candidate.

    At a time of intense, nationwide division, further exacerbated by the media, when millionaire performers forsake their art to make rash, self-serving political gestures,…

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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    ★★★★★

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    Nostalgia for Arrested Adolescents.
    Superheroes punch the clock in this hollow, predictable, overly long mess.

    Adults no longer outgrow comic books. Hollywood prefers that they hang on to the adolescent illusion of carefree, escapist pleasure by pretending that the form’s juvenile cynicism is a sign of sophistication — replacing the traditional sources of imaginative thinking. The cultural monopoly represented by the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its latest release, Avengers: Endgame, depends on geeked-up viewers telling themselves that they are having…