Best of 2018: Movies

I saw fewer films of higher quality in 2018, a pretty good year for diversity and imagination at the multiplex despite the repetitive CGI blur of far too many box office hits.  ...

Best of TV: 2018

BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC) On one level, there's not really a good reason for this odd duck to exist at all, since it's a "Breaking Bad" prequel about characters whose fates we  ...

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

There's a fair amount of death in this pensive collection of grim prairie tales from Joel and Ethan Coen, but the Western itself is alive and well -- critically, at least, if not financially given the recent disastrous  ...

2018 Emmy Live Blog by Andrew Osborne

7:03pm - Eek! I was at the gym and suddenly noticed Milo Ventimiglia dressed for a Love Boat reboot on the treadmill TV and realized I was missing the Emmy red carpet! Stupid exercise! 7:08pm - By  ...

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

The less you know about "Sorry to Bother You" going in, the better. So, please feel free to stop reading this review and head straight to the nearest movie theater showing the feature debut of rapper/director Boots Riley.  ...

On Chesil Beach (2017)

Entering the Independent Film Festival Boston screening of "On Chesil Beach" with spotty recollections of the source material (a 2007 novella by Ian McEwan), it was easy to misremember the setting of the period drama -- not the physical location,  ...

The Reality of Virtual

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" chronicles an epic battle for control of a fully immersive, massively multiplayer online virtual reality space known as the OASIS where users escape the depressing dystopic reality of the story's 2045 setting. Based  ...

SXSW 2018: THE REST OF THE FEST

I recently shared my Top Five favorite films of the 2018 South-by-Southwest festival, but what about the other screenings I attended? What didn't quite make the list (and why)? Well, let's start with the...  ...

The Top Five Films I Saw at SXSW

The 2018 South-by-Southwest Film Festival featured 130+ movies over the course of nine days, making it literally impossible for anyone to see more than a fraction of the premieres and festival favorites available for review. For strategic reasons,  ...