Review: Documentary LOVE, GILDA Fails to Connect

When you think of Gilda Radner, are you overcome with a melancholy half-smile?  Do you chuckle when you think of her SNL characters, Roseanne Roseannadanna or "Baba Wawa"?  If so, Lisa Dapolito’s new documentary Love, Gilda is for you. Though...

Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR, Not So Simple, But Satisfying

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are pitch perfect as a pair of mismatched moms in Paul Feig's best movie to date.

Review: THE PREDATOR Fails to Evolve

Director Shane Black recruits Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Sterling K. Brown to take down the Predator.

Blu-ray Review: THE FILMS OF NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER Show us our Beautiful, Terrible World

Languid and without judgement, the world is stared down. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, forever working in wide-shot, frames up and presents his true-life landscapes with the eye of a high-end still photography artist. Then, he holds and holds his shots, just long...

Review: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Grows Into Predictability

Perfectly threadbare in its by-the-numbers execution, the new live-action film Christopher Robin delivers one fresh realization: There’s only one A.A. Milne.  This movie, by comparison passed through the creative hands of at least five individuals in its writing phase.  The...

Review: TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES and Bring Super-Fun

For years and years in memorium, Aquaman served as the butt of every superhero joke. Naturally, an ocean based crime fighter with the ability to talk to fish sounded positively waterlogged. But goofing on him was like shooting his fish...

Review: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT Cruise Controls to a Blast

We should all choose to accept it: the Mission: Impossible series is among the very best film franchises going.   Beginning with Brian De Palma’s 1996 paranoid knotty classic Mission: Impossible, the series has never truly disappointed.  Even John Woo’s...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE Throws a Strike

While one could never claim that Michael Moore is nothing if not sincere, it’s hard to argue that it’s anything other than his sincerity that fuels his finer documentary/infotainments.  Atop that shortlist stands his 2002 tragi-comic screed, Bowling for Columbine....

Review: THE EQUALIZER 2 Fails to Equal the Original Film

Wrested away from the hazy hallowed (now hollow) halls of 1980’s television memory, and reimagined for the big screen by filmmaker Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Magnificent Seven) and superstar Denzel Washington, The Equalizer saga continues to unfold in this...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2018

Time flies like a sonofabitch, and this year it seems to do so faster than usual. We are at 2018's mid-point already. Whoa! That does beg the question though: what films have managed to impress and touch us most, so...

Review: SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, A Better Day

Not so long ago, when one considered which recent films might parlay nicely into a franchise, Sicario probably didn’t spring to mind.  Fortunately, the film’s writer, Taylor Sheridan, was not of this persuasion.   Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 original remains an...

Blu-ray Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE Explored via Criterion

Refugees travel lightly, but we can unpack this: What is “the other side of hope,” anyway?  Some say it’s despair; others more cynically say it’s truth.  But what they mean with those answers are “opposite,” which is not necessarily the...

Blu-ray Review: Frank Borzage's MOONRISE Glows for Criterion

Director Frank Borzage was never one to wallow in the darkness. He made quality dramas, his work spanning from the silent era into the  early 1960s. Although one of the major filmmakers in his earlier career, we don’t hear all...

Review: TAG Isn't It

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we get old because we stop playing.” That is the quote that validates five childhood friends to sustain a high-stakes, no-holds-barred game of tag for a lifetime. George Bernard Shaw originally said...

Blu-ray Review: THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES Is Blu With Criterion

“Art, no matter how high it rises, cannot forget the land which birthed it.” - Martiros Saryan. That quote, by a prominent Armenian painter, begins The Color of Armenian Land, a scarcely seen short documentary by Mikhail Vartanov which, at...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC Keeps the Faith

I couldn’t go to church on the evening of Good Friday this year, so instead I watched The Passion of Joan of Arc.  The choice was solid, for a number of reasons.  I watched the completely silent version, said to...

Review: TULLY Delivers the Postpartum Depression Vibe

Or: Postpartum Depression: The Movie. Up front, I feel as though I should offer a bit of disclosure: I know this one.   No, I did not have anything to do with the making of the film, its development, or...

Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, A Fun and Dire Marvel Royale

The impossible geek dream of most every Marvel movie character together in one adventure has, at long last, landed.  Iron Man!  Captain America!  Thor!  Spider-Man!  Doctor Strange!  Guardians of the Galaxy!  (This could go on for a while).  But is...

Screen Anarchists On READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is the legendary director's highest-grossing film in over a decade, and audience reception worldwide is pretty kind towards it. Many critics like the film as well, and some herald it as a return to...

Review: FLOWER, A Fresh Cut Above the Rest

Meet Erica. She's in high school, and lives with her mom. Her hobbies include atmospheric punk music, running around with her friends, and fellatio. Yes, you read that last bit correctly. Erica (Zoey Deutch, the radiant and talented daughter of...