TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 3.14, “Karen Peralta”

TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 3.14, “Karen Peralta”


“There are so many stray observations worth making about Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s latest installment that figuring out where to start is like ice-skating uphill. Stephanie Beatriz deserves to be cast in an action movie so she can kick asses full time; only Joe Lo Truglio can over-enunciate “phở” with devastating comic effect; we don’t actually know … Continue reading

Review: The Club, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín

Review: The Club, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín


“If you need another reason to fume at this year’s slate of Oscar nominees, look no further than Pablo Larraín’s The Club. Think of it as a Chilean counterpoint to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, sans the gloss and with a greater emphasis on the guilty and afflicted than on the supposed saviors: Spotlight is about good … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Release, January 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Release, January 2016


Happy January! The start of the new year is always rough for moviegoers, unless they’re out to catch up on Golden Globe and Academy Award nominees; this is the month that studios use to dump out their garbage, for the most part, so you’re probably knocking out your last few “must-sees” from the previous year … Continue reading

TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 3.13 ,”The Cruise”

TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 3.13 ,”The Cruise”


  “Talking about “The Cruise” without talking about Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s fondness for referential and self-contained franchisement is impossible. First, we had “Halloween III,” where Santiago brought the series-long All Hallow’s Eve prank war fought by Holt and Jake to a decisive end; then we had “Yippie Kayak,” where Boyle became subsumed into Jake’s Die Hard … Continue reading

Review: Mojave, 2016, dir. William Monahan

Review: Mojave, 2016, dir. William Monahan


“This has been a good month for moviegoers craving celebrations of machismo. First, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s desperately masculine, Oscar-nominated The Revenant went wide. Then, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened and fizzled in the same weekend. Now, The Departed screenwriter William Monahan’s second directorial effort, Mojave, joins the fray with a … Continue reading

Whites, Camera, Action

Whites, Camera, Action


It is pretty to think that all of this year’s Oscars outrage might have been avoided with just a few shifts in nominations. In truth, recognition for some combination of Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Teyonah Parris, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Jada Pinkett Smith, Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, Mya Taylor, Aaron Covington, … Continue reading

Review: Moonwalkers, 2016, dir. Antoine Bardou-Jacquet

Review: Moonwalkers, 2016, dir. Antoine Bardou-Jacquet


“Ron Perlman’s performance in Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers is the film’s best recommendation. It is also the only recommendation, for the most part, because for all of the great violence on display, there’s not a whole lot hanging the production together. Screenwriter Dean Craig’s script is the rubber and Perlman is the glue. Nothing sticks here … Continue reading