Review: The Ticket, 2017, dir. Ido Fluk

Review: The Ticket, 2017, dir. Ido Fluk


That Dan Stevens sure is handsome, isn’t he? He’s also ubiquitous. He’s all up in the everywhere. He’s on Legion. He’s in Beauty and the Beast. He’s in Nacho Vigalondo’s excellent new film Colossal. He’s also in The Ticket, Ido Fluk’s new film, which isn’t “excellent” but also isn’t “terrible,” either. It’s a little too specific for its own good. … Continue reading

Review: The Discovery, 2017, dir. Charlie McDowell

Review: The Discovery, 2017, dir. Charlie McDowell


I really liked Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love, so imagine my disappointment when I watched The Discovery and found that it’s a pile of reluctant, hedging, self-doubting faux-spiritual feel-good nonsense. (“Feel-good” might be a stretch, but boy, the movie bends over backwards to get in as many cheap hugs as possible.) I didn’t hate it, but … Continue reading

The 50 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix

The 50 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix


I wrote a thing! I wrote another thing! This time I wrote a thing for a list, in which the best romantic movies available for streaming on Netflix are delineated; I only wrote one thing for this list, but it’s a good thing (of course) for a good movie, L’auberge Espagnole, a movie I haven’t thought … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, March 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, March 2017


What a March over at The Criterion Collection! Obviously any month that includes a Blu-ray release of 45 Years is a month that I will hold in high esteem, but Being There and Multiple Maniacs ain’t too shabby, either. (Being There, as just about every film critic on the planet has likely already noted by now, feels weirdly relevant … Continue reading

The 10 Best War Movies On Netflix

The 10 Best War Movies On Netflix


Netflix is the business these days, isn’t it? Look at me, for instance, all covering a pair of new Netflix releases earlier this month, all getting ready to cover a couple more in April; over the last handful of years the streaming giant has gone from being little more than a digital library for forgotten, … Continue reading

Review: Prevenge, 2017, dir. Alice Lowe

Review: Prevenge, 2017, dir. Alice Lowe


“A 7 months pregnant woman starts murdering the people involved in her partner’s death because her unborn baby tells her to.” That’s Prevenge in summation. In my mind, there’s an alternate dimension where the film attached to that summation is just a winking, nudging, overly self-aware video nasty, and it’s probably fun but too insistent on … Continue reading

Dear Lew: 03/20/2017

Dear Lew: 03/20/2017


Lew, You wrote back. I can’t believe you wrote me back. I’m sure anyone else peering in on our correspondences will think the five month gap between my last missive and your response is somewhat strange, but I don’t care; I’m just grateful you thought enough of me to say anything at all. Pardon me … Continue reading

The 10 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now (March 10th Edition)

The 10 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now (March 10th Edition)


We’re back with Paste Magazine’s routine and newly evergreen “10 best movies in theaters” feature! (Meaning: We’re going to update this sucker on a regular basis without remaking a new list every time the month changes over. Seems more efficient, yeah?) This round-up features, among other films, XX, Get Out, Kong: Skull Island, and of course Moonlight, which got … Continue reading

Review: Burning Sands, 2017, dir. Gerard McMurray

Review: Burning Sands, 2017, dir. Gerard McMurray


It’s a thing in the entertainment biz that if a movie about subject A is released into the pop cultural wilds, inevitably another movie about the same subject will be released shortly thereafter. To wit: Andrew Neel’s Goat opened in theaters last September, detailing the intimate particulars of fraternity hazing rituals and rites of initiation. It’s … Continue reading

The 50 Best Movies of the 1940s

The 50 Best Movies of the 1940s


What’s that, you say? A list? Honestly, I kinda wish we’d been able to keep this sucker to 40 for synchronicity’s sake, but the 40s were a fertile period in cinema all over the world, in particular Japan, Italy, and America, so we had to bump the number out by 10. There are worse things.  Anyways: … Continue reading

Review: Catfight, 2017, dir. Onur Tukel

Review: Catfight, 2017, dir. Onur Tukel


Speaking of truth in movie titles, here’s Catfight, a movie that is both honestly and dishonestly named at the same time. It is, in fact, about a rivalry between two women living in New York City, played by Anne Heche and Sandra Oh, but it is not, in fact, about just one “catfight” (here defined mostly … Continue reading