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  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★½

    This is very well-acted, very compelling, very well-observed, left me appropriately sheepish as a man, etc., but I am begging social realist filmmakers to not be afraid of a little levity. (Also, what kind of 2019 teenager picks Flock of Seagulls to karaoke?! (And not even the famous song.))

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★½

    Liked this a little more than Walter did, if only because [redacted] genuinely caught me by surprise. But this is a pretty cagey movie, and it seems as if she punishes women harder than men (or complicity/bad allyship harder than culpability). And I don't totally get the Wes Anderson Meets Brian De Palma aesthetic.

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  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I hate this movie for all its cutesy quoting of Wrath of Khan while trying and spectacularly failing to sublet its gravitas. I hate it for casting the whitest actor on Earth as a man named Khan Noonien Singh. I hate it for the way that every shot in the back half is a three-ring circus of lens flares, cluttered sets, and CGI embellishments. I hate it for turning Spock into Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory". I hate it…

  • Sophie's Choice

    Sophie's Choice

    ★½

    Sophie's Choice made me feel unclean, because it's the story of a Polish immigrant purging her most shameful secret, framed as the story of a Southern doofus losing his virginity to the same woman, a victim of the concentration camps. La Meryl's good, shrug; it's a very Garbo performance, if Garbo were a perfect acting machine. Much was made of William Styron's agenda in writing the source novel, i.e., to show that it wasn't just card-carrying Jews who suffered during…