The Filtered Lens
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Some ideas could have used another scene or two for a more resonant exploration, while others should have been dropped altogether.
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018)
Stan & Ollie is hardly the most original film of the year, but it does carry a powerful message about nostalgia-one that Hollywood executives need to hear today.
Posted Dec 31, 2018
On the Basis of Sex (2019)
There's a rosiness here that feels akin to recent socio-political celebrations on film, such as The Post and Hidden Figures, but then this film doesn't always find a way to ground itself amidst its good feels.
Posted Dec 30, 2018
Destroyer is one-part crime thriller and one-part revenge action flick, with both coming together within Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi's strong script and through Kidman's hard-as-nails performance.
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Vice is trying to be so many things at once that it doesn't really end up being anything more than an unfocused political rant.
Posted Dec 26, 2018
The special effects surrounding these robots' radical changes isn't as wow-inducing as it was 11 years ago, but at least Bumblebee tries to tell a story while it employs them.
Posted Dec 22, 2018
...it's a more memorable movie than most of the lesser Marvel films, and thus, DC takes another step toward righting the ship.
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mary Poppins Returns may be the most joyful cash cow churned out this year, but its leading lady is clearly focused on the joy more than the cash.
Posted Dec 19, 2018
It's a simple story made super strange, but all these different Spider-folks play into one idea: that Spider-Man isn't amazing because Peter Parker is amazing, he's that way because he's as ordinary a guy as they come.
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Vox Lux (2018)
Brady Corbet's numbingly difficult, ambitious, challenging Vox Lux lives at the intersection of today's dark reality and the need for escapism.
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)
Some fun moments aside, as a whole, Anna and the Apocalypse just feels like one big missed opportunity.
Posted Dec 1, 2018
Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)
Kore-eda's script is laced with small moments of affection to build a story so utterly grounded by love that the novelty of the crimes they commit feels secondary.
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
By no means a classic, or capable of making much of a stir on the actual Internet, this animated sequel is coded to entertain, and that it does.
Posted Nov 24, 2018
Green Book (2018)
...the actors go all in on their roles, injecting subtlety into their respective larger-than-life personalities, Ali especially.
Posted Nov 18, 2018
So for as rewardingly complex as the plot is, weaving in a great number of issues making headlines today, the film as a whole just never really comes together.
Posted Nov 18, 2018
The Crimes of Grindelwald is hardly the first Harry Potter movie to suffer from rushing past plot points, but it is the first to seem bored with its own characters in the process.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
The results overall feel like riding a rickety wooden rollercoaster, where one wrong bump could send the whole thing crashing down, but put your arms up anyway and enjoy the ride
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Overlord, in all its self-seriousness, has no real subtext it tries to tackle, or sense of importance that would elevate this sort of plot into A-movie status. So then why not embrace what it is?
Posted Nov 8, 2018
It's not entirely successful, especially in how unclear it is with what conversation it's trying to start, if any at all, but it is undeniably entertaining as all hell throughout.
Posted Nov 7, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
As an experimental commentary on experimental cinema, The Other Side of the Wind is practically built on being self-indulgent. It's sort of thrilling to witness, though not very enjoyable.
Posted Nov 4, 2018
Boy Erased (2018)
In cinema today, so many gay films feel like they're made for straight audiences. Boy Erased is no different, but at least here that feels somewhat intentional.
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)
It's sort of Richard Linklater's Before trilogy meets Casablanca, but condensed into an all-too-short 85-minute runtime.
Posted Oct 27, 2018
In a few years, it'll be remembered fondly, but most will still go back to the original.
Posted Oct 27, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018)