Month: November 2016


Miss Sloane ★★★

Miss Sloane aspires toward a place between Sorkinian intrigue and Mametian outrage, with acidic dialogue that dances the line between expertise and verbosity. The film is directed by John Madden who is a dependable, professional –Read Full Review


Lion ★★

Whether fair or not, Lion being distributed by the Weinstein Company carries with it a certain expectation. Again, fair or not, Lion will be labled as “Oscar bait” because of the reputation of the Weinstein brothers, twoRead Full Review


Nocturnal Animals ★½

Nocturnal Animals has two stories running concurrently with one another. Both are pieces of fiction, but one is a piece of fiction within the fiction of the film’s actual narrative. A visual artist (Amy Adams)Read Full Review


Manchester by the Sea ★★★★

Kenneth Lonergan is a kind of genius. There are more talented filmmakers formalistically, and there are screenwriters who have more power with words and how to use them, but there are so very, very few likeRead Full Review


Arrival ★★★½

If you’re making a film about communication, it’s important to make a point about just how bad the human race is at it. On the surface, Arrival is nothing new. When the Earth is visited byRead Full Review


Elle ★★½

I’ve never quite grasped the films of Paul Verhorven. The sheer magnitude of his capacity for provocation has always seemed somewhat beyond me. I can’t manage to see much beyond the extreme images he’s puttingRead Full Review


Loving ★★★

Films like Loving are not supposed to be this quiet. At times, it feels almost aggressively understated. When placed under the weight of racial injustice, cinema usually has the tendency to aggrandize, fill itself with aRead Full Review