The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

"The Art of Self Defense" is a gender case studies that doesn't feel like homework. In other words, your psychology 101 professor would hate it, and you're bound to love it. It's a haunting, evasive and  ...

The Image Book (2018)

What is a movie? Your film studies professor might have limited their definition to "a video moving at 24 frames per second"-- that's the speed to picture ratio that creates the illusion of real-time on screen. Jean-Luc Godard,  ...

Midsommar (2019)

In Ari Aster's "Midsommar," the hills are alive with the sound of music (literally!). The hills of Sweden warp to the hymns of the occult. Fittingly, this sensationally scary sophomore feature warps and stretches you like silly  ...

Yesterday (2019)

When I got home from my 7 o'clock screening, the power in my neighborhood went out. Under normal circumstances this would have been perfectly normal--the product of construction or some over-eager birds. But the screening was for   ...

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

"If you're going to San Francisco/be sure to wear flowers in your hair" the song goes. The reality is, if you're going to San Francisco make sure you can pay the rent. But not everybody can pay  ...

Late Night (2019)

There's a lot of late nights in "Late Night," a comedy about talk show hosts. Late nights be damned, this film is undeniably woke. A humorously hyper-verbal and deeply genuine look at women finding their voice in a man's  ...

Futurama in Film

A great film helps us escape reality. But some films go further. Some films are lucky enough to see their artificial worlds come to fruition. That jump from artifice to prophetic art is rarer than you  ...

John Wick: Ch. 3-Parabellum (2019)

It's a great week to be a dog lover at the movies. There's puppy reincarnation in "A Dog's Purpose" and puppy salvation in "John Wick: Chapter 3--Parabellum." The third installment in a series that has given new  ...

All is True; The Farewell; Tolkien (2019)

Independent films can be hard to navigate. They're made on relatively low budgets, and all relies on the filmmakers craft and virtue. Blockbusters are a different story. They have voluptuous  ...

Avengers Endgame (2019)

Early on someone concludes that "No amount of money ever bought a second of time." Wise words indeed. Yet it's also a vertiginous enigma when you consider that this very well could be the most expensive film ever made.  ...