Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Remember when actors sold movies? Quentin Tarantino does. The director's ninth feature--presumably his second to last-- is a love poem of that era told on a magnificent scale. The time is 1969. The place is Hollywood.  ...

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  ...

Carmine Street Guitars (2018)

In the West Village of New York, numerous blocks down from the uber trafficked and demonstratively commercialized Time Square/Mid-town area, and just before you get to the loud, busy Houston Street (pronounced hows-ton, not hue-ston, like the city), there  ...

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,  ...

The Lion King (2019)

The build up to the 2019 version of The Lion King seemed to escape the blowback on remakes (especially the Disney variety) of “why?” and “can’t we leave our classics alone?” The marketing plan was as big and epic  ...

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   ...

Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)

**Warning: The following review contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.** Welcome back to the MCU. Just as a reminder we’re living in a post Captain America and Tony Stark world. And while much of the world is  ...