Isle of Dogs

Without a doubt, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is the best stop-motion-animated movie I’ve seen since 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings. Granted, it’s the only stop-motion-animated movie I’ve seen since Kubo and the Two Strings, but, in all seriousness, this movie is of a similarly high caliber of filmmaking. The film is set in […]

A Quiet Place

In A Quiet Place, the earth has been overrun by seemingly invincible monsters that, though blind, are highly sensitive to sound and quickly kill whatever they hear. Most of mankind appears to have been wiped out, but one family in rural New York has managed to survive by learning to live in almost total silence. They […]

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow is a movie that tries to have its cake and eat it too. It only really wants to be a “shock value” movie that disturbs the audience with graphic depictions of nudity and physical violence. And yet, it’s clear the filmmakers were not willing to cop to that; and so, in an unsuccessful […]

The Post

It has to be nice for Steven Spielberg knowing that if he makes a historical drama, it’s essentially guaranteed to get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The Post is the latest in line to get the nod, and while it’s an overall decent film, enjoyable and well-made, it also lacks the spark of […]

The Shape of Water

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a strange, bold hybrid of Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beauty and the Beast, E.T., Free Willy, and La La Land that, despite its eclectic grab bag of influences, pulls off the impressive feat of not being a total mess. The movie centers around Elisa […]

Murder on the Orient Express

There’s been a recurring criticism of actor / director Kenneth Branagh’s films, which is that they are very much style-over-substance. He puts good actors with great production design, typically with lavish sets and costumes, but then somewhat stumbles with the story. I wish I could say that his latest work, Murder on the Orient Express, […]

Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner (at least some version of it anyway) is considered by many to be an untouchable classic of cinematic science fiction. As such, any follow up to it always felt like it would be an inherently wrong-headed idea. Not only would it seemingly be wholly unnecessary from a narrative standpoint, but it would be […]