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  • Mississippi Mermaid

    Mississippi Mermaid

    ★★★½

    The first hour contains some of Truffaut’s most ruthlessly efficient storytelling (and his best pure set-piece), but once the subject turns to l’amour fou, the film curdles into an impression of early-to-mid ‘60s Godard: cars, unfinished apartments, alienated noir plotting, endless “women are like this, men are like that” routines. The problem is that Truffaut’s tastes in movie-movie form and quotation don’t extend to zigzag deconstruction; he remains ever the morbid romantic.

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★

    A glorified TV pilot that sidelines its fantastical potentialities in favor of bored looks and featureless action. At least the Theron and Schoenaerts characters are on to something: Immortality is a drag.

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  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant

    ★★★★★

    No one's written the Great American Novel yet, but James Gray went ahead and made a movie out of it anyway.

  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    ★★★

    Look, they can't all be Vertigo, Psycho, The Wrong Man, North By Northwest, Rear Window, I Confess, Strangers On A Train, The Birds, Frenzy, Rope, Notori...