Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Stronger Than Ever with the Force

There’s nothing better than a great Star Wars movie. And this is a great Star Wars movie. In the interest of rightly remaining spoiler free, I’ll put forth that, generally speaking, The Last Jedi pulls off many things that The...

Review: WONDER WHEEL Goes Around and Around and Around...

“I suppose you get used to all this noise?” “No. I never get used to it. I hate it!” That’s not Woody Allen responding to the relentless din of the media probing into his personal life and questioning just how...

Review: DARKEST HOUR Illuminates Wartime Anarchy in the UK

It’s often observed that moviemaking, large scale moviemaking in particular, is akin to orchestrating a war. That’s not to belittle or demean the very real horror and cost of true war; in filmmaking the severity of casualties don’t usually stem...

Blu-ray Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER Haunts Criterion

American actress Kristen Stewart and filmmaker Olivier Assayas are back, and this time, it’s PERSONAL. But more than that, it’s mysterious, unknowable. Here, we find that the mysteries one assumes to be central to any given story labeled as such...

Screen Anarchists On BLADE RUNNER 2049

We almost didn't publish a "Screen Anarchists On BLADE RUNNER 2049" article. I did a quick tally among our editors, critics and contributors, and everybody seemed to like the film. Now that ain't interesting, is it? We want divisiveness...

10+ Years Later: Does THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Sink or Swim?

Not many people know this, but the Creature from the Black Lagoon has my wedding ring. True story. Several years ago, fellow Screen Anarchist Dave Canfield, for whatever reason, mailed a box of various and sundry Creature from the Black...

Review: BLADE RUNNER 2049 More Than Justifies Its Existence

Is Deckard a replicant? Just after the identity of "Deep Throat" and who the song "You're So Vain" is about, that has been one of the most persistent cultural questions of the past several decades. Now though, we know the...

Blu-ray Review: DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE Lives Well via Criterion

To quote a certain giant, it's happening... again. It's happening... again. To quote the giant who created the giant, you drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, you paint, and that's it. That quote, from filmmaker David Lynch, has been widely used...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Brings 1980's HOPSCOTCH in From the Cold

When one thinks of films built on international espionage and spy movie cat and mouse, an entry like Hopscotch likely isn’t what springs to mind. An ambling and easily digestible affair, this 1980 caper stars everyone's favorite sad turtle of...

Review: MENASHE, A Religious Experience Unto Itself

What kind of man is Menashe? A valid question, considering his own initial apparent fluidity on the rigidity of his own cultural rules and restrictions. In a deeply sensitive portrayal by the talented Menashe Lustig in his debut role, the...

Review: LOGAN LUCKY Races for the Big Score, Finishing Above Average

How lucky are we? I suppose that depends upon how you feel about the work of director Steven Soderbergh. One of the most deliberately eclectic and diverse filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, Soderbergh has seen fit to shift gears...

10+ Years Later: Does SCHOOL OF ROCK Still Make the Grade?

There are two dominant beats in play for the duration of School of Rock, the 2003 crowd-pleasing box office comedy smash. Most visible and memorable is frontman Jack Black. But just behind him, keeping perfect time and setting the thumping...

Review: THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE, A Nutty Surprise

Everyone loves to be pleasantly surprised by a movie.  What's even better?  Being surprised by being pleasantly surprised by a movie.   There is no known expectation of The Nut Job sequel being any good in any way.  The 2014...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Gets LOST IN AMERICA

Swirling, swirling, swirling, all down the drain. Passed over for a promotion -- scratch that -- fired from his job, helplessly watching as all his hopes and dreams go right down the toilet, David Howard has a moment of clarity....

Blu-ray Review: The MARSEILLE TRILOGY Docks with Criterion

Just because community is a beautiful thing never means it's an easy thing. Family relations, most everyone knows, can prove especially dicey. Even in comedies. Especially in comedies. In the early 1930s, just as the movies were learning to talk,...

Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Comes Home in Fun Style

When is an origin story not an origin story? When super-producer Kevin Feige and his brigade of talent behind the unyielding success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the creative reins of Sony's third go at Spider-Man in 15 years,...

Blu-ray Review: MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT VOL. 2, A Trip Worth Taking

Nearly five years after Criterion released Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project Volume One, an impressive box set of six films from around the world, we finally have its first follow up, Volume Two. Like the first volume in both packaging,...

Review: CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Doesn't Stink

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, as fun as it is and wants to be, is an all-too-obvious case of "the emperor has no clothes." Or in this case, “the super-hero has quite limited clothes”. Perhaps he left them in...

10+ Years Later: Is WILLOW Still a Magical Journey?

Most people are familiar with the famous trilogies of George Lucas: The Star Wars trilogy. The other Star Wars trilogy. The Indiana Jones trilogy. (Which of course grew into a quadrilogy, whether we like it or not.) But another trilogy...

Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Hits the Accelerator

Vin Diesel and his gang are back for yet another round of supercharged ridonkulousness with The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the ever-expanding, infectious cars and crime franchise. Like a boisterous but fun relative who keeps rolling...