Tagged with 2016 Films

Review: Kati Kati, 2016, dir. Mbithi Masya

Review: Kati Kati, 2016, dir. Mbithi Masya


Let’s hear it for remotely reviewing movies playing at out of state film festivals! Especially good ones, a’la Mbithi Masya’s Kati Kati, which I kinda wish was a little bit longer but which still plays beautifully at less than an hour and twenty minutes! Just describing the premise – a woman wakes up near a small … Continue reading

Review: Arrival, 2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve

Review: Arrival, 2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve


I’m on again, off again with Denis Villeneuve; I’m unabashedly wild about Enemy, but I never could stand Prisoners and I can only enjoy Sicario as long as I don’t think too much about it. With Arrival, I’m closer to Enemy than not – it worked on me, and worked on everyone around me, which may be because it’s genuinely good … Continue reading

Review: The Monster, 2016, dir. Bryan Bertino

Review: The Monster, 2016, dir. Bryan Bertino


I never got around to seeing Bryan Bertino’s second film, Mockingbird, his follow up to his 2008 debut The Strangers. Based on reviews, I’m not sure I want to, but based on his latest picture, The Monster, maybe I might just. (Who knows! I’m so fickle! That means I’m fun.) The Monster is The Strangers‘ distant kin, a monster film with … Continue reading

Review: Loving, 2016, dir. Jeff Nichols

Review: Loving, 2016, dir. Jeff Nichols


Surprise: I didn’t like a Jeff Nichols movie. I know the score on my review of Loving, published, as usual, over at Paste Magazine, is low, but I actually appreciate it significantly more than Midnight Special, which is the most boring and bland movie of 2016 whose supporters refuse to accept that it is boring and bland. Loving‘s … Continue reading

Review: Moonlight, 2016, dir. Barry Jenkins

Review: Moonlight, 2016, dir. Barry Jenkins


I’ve not yet stumbled upon a review of Moonlight that has found a way to associate the film’s message with the central philosophies of the Black Lives Matter movement, mostly because that movement is not germane to the film’s messages and because, I suspect, any white author writing about Barry Jenkins’ extraordinary second feature is smart … Continue reading

Review: King Cobra, 2016, dir. Justin Kelly

Review: King Cobra, 2016, dir. Justin Kelly


I’m not sure I altogether disliked Justin Kelly’s latest film, King Cobra; it’s a damn sight better than his last movie, 2015’s irredeemably awful I Am Michael, and it’s pretty decent on its own merits. But I couldn’t let go of the film’s flaws in my review for The Playlist: The film is just way too underdeveloped … Continue reading

Review: Creepy, 2016, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Review: Creepy, 2016, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa


If you’re going to make a movie and title it Creepy, well, it better be creepy, so good job Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Your latest film justifies its name. Creepy is an unnerving little ditty, “little” being a somewhat misleading qualifier based on duration – it’s two hours long plus some change, but you barely feel it based on … Continue reading

Review: The Handmaiden, 2016, dir. Park Chan-wook

Review: The Handmaiden, 2016, dir. Park Chan-wook


Drop everything: There’s a new Park Chan-wook movie in theaters. And when I say “drop everything,” I mean everything, because boy, The Handmaiden seriously wants to turn up your temperature. As I note in my review of the film, which you can read at Paste Magazine as long as you know how to click a mouse, the … Continue reading

Review: Jack Goes Home, 2016, dir. Thomas Dekker

Review: Jack Goes Home, 2016, dir. Thomas Dekker


Jack Goes Home is a really, really, really bad movie. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. Rory Culkin is good. Nothing else to say than that. Spare me the pain of having to revisit my feelings about this damn thing and just go read my review at The Playlist.

Review: The Accountant, 2016, dir. Gavin O’Connor

Review: The Accountant, 2016, dir. Gavin O’Connor


The Accountant is Pixar’s latest family heart-warmer, a comedy about an ant who keeps the books for his colony and – wait, no. Sorry. That’s wrong. The Accountant is a movie where Ben Affleck plays an accountant who is on the autism spectrum, whose clients are mostly murderers and scumbags, and who shoots people in the fucking … Continue reading

Review: Blue Jay, 2016, dir. Alex Lehmann

Review: Blue Jay, 2016, dir. Alex Lehmann


Proof that Sarah Paulson is the best: She coaxes a great performance out of Mark Duplass in Blue Jay, this wonderful, itty bitty widdle indie moobie that you can rent or buy in iTunes. I think you should! I obviously liked it, judging by the review I wrote for Paste Magazine, and you know that that’s … Continue reading

Review: Miss Hokusai, 2016, dir. Keiichi Hara

Review: Miss Hokusai, 2016, dir. Keiichi Hara


Maybe you like anime. Maybe you don’t. Maybe if you do, you think of “anime” in myopic terms and consider anything that doesn’t feature robots or monsters or other weird shit “anime,” but that’s dopey as fuck because “anime” is a word of pretty broad meanings. Besides that, Miss Hokusai, this little ditty I reviewed for … Continue reading

Review: Tower, 2016, dir. Keith Maitland

Review: Tower, 2016, dir. Keith Maitland


I have no words to intro my review of Keith Maitland’s Tower for Paste Magazine, other than to express my shock that this movie is relevant in 2016 despite being about terrible shit that happened back in 1966. 

Review: Theo Who Lived, 2016, dir. David Schisgall

Review: Theo Who Lived, 2016, dir. David Schisgall


If you don’t know Theo Padnos, then you probably don’t know Peter Theo Curtis, which is fine: He’s probably okay with not being “known” at this point in his life, because his life, in recent years, has been kinda rough, in which “rough” means “non-existent.” Curtis was kidnapped by Jabhat al-Nusra and kept prisoner between 2012 … Continue reading

Review: Deepwater Horizon, 2016, dir. Peter Berg

Review: Deepwater Horizon, 2016, dir. Peter Berg


And here we are again, with Andy staring down the barrel of a movie asking himself a fundamental question: “Who the hell is this stupid thing for?” That movie is Deepwater Horizon, the first of two Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg collaborations in 2016, both of which revolve around real-world tragic events. (The other one is Patriots Day, which … Continue reading

Review: Goat, 2016, dir. Andrew Neel

Review: Goat, 2016, dir. Andrew Neel


I can picture a cut of Goat that leaves out the extraneous stuff, the stuff that has net zero impact on the plot, and I can also picture that cut of Goat being much, much better than the cut we got. Oh well. The cut we got is still pretty solid, excess material aside. Goat, by the way, … Continue reading