• Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    This movie is the "Oh, and they're so perky!" scene from 16 CANDLES, but at feature length and with more sexual tension.

    This is not a bad thing, especially if you enjoy a good revolted squirm now and then.

  • Titane

    Titane

    Instead of trying to teach teenagers abstinence in high-school health classes, they should just show them this movie.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

    I can't fault the incredible amount of effort that clearly went into this movie, particularly in the set design and decoration — is there a single set in this movie that gets used more than twice? The action is just a constant restless blur, moving from place to place to place. And I can't fault the casting, which is incredible. So many of my favorite people, taking brief turns onscreen. But there's so little here to connect with emotionally! The brisk "no…

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★

    I finally get why people consider Venom and Eddie a cute couple, after 90 minutes of listening to Tom Hardy croon "Eddie…" to himself every 90 seconds or so. An unusually slobbery and fangy romance, but who am I to kinkshame?

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★★★

    Still one of my all-time favorites, just a stunning combination of still-relevant politics, forward-thinking science fiction, a doomed relationship where the raw emotions are palpable, and Angela Bassett as a tremendous ass-kicker. The exposition and introduction of the brain-recording tech is handled so smoothly and efficiently. The cast is (almost all) top-notch and operating beautifully. The camera stunts may seem old hat today, but they were ridiculously ambitious for their era. (Kathryn Bigelow's description of how she got the opening…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★½

    Kinda the same as the last Suicide Squad, except with all the pieces actually working together, and then a whole bunch of new pieces, a million more fan-favorite stars, and some really silly, extravagant style thrown in. John Cena continues to be hilarious in whatever he's doing. Also: Viola Davis for president.

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    Cute story, enjoyably soft and specific animation, all around a nice movie for a nice time with nice people, but not the kind of Pixar movie that makes you see life a little differently.

  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    ★★★½

    Huh. I remember loving this one as a kid — even had a record version, so some of the dialogue and sound effects are permanently engraved on my brain — but re-watched as an adult, it's a tad ruff around the edges, isn't it?

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★½

    Overwrought, simplified remake of Rear Window that apparently operates on the cartoon logic of Second Coconut Theory (or "injury bookend,", as TV Tropes would have it: The simple cure for trauma is a second trauma. Too neat, too pat, and after too many histrionics.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★

    I had forgotten how truly ridiculous, random, and above all, John Carpenterian this movie is. Why is there a beholder running around in the middle of it? Why the hell not?

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★½

    Plenty of mortal combat, zero actual Mortal Kombat. What a ripoff! Negative eleventy million stars. They should have called this Prequel That Promises Eventually We'll Get To Some Mortal Kombat But Not Just Yet.

  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★★½

    The fact that the characters here return to emotional normalcy so many times throughout this film almost takes it out of the realm of horror for me, and into the realm of science fiction. By halfway through the movie's first big incident, I would have been clutching the biggest tree branch I could find, and swinging it at anyone who came within 10 feet of me. These are either some resilient people, or some deeply crazy ones, is what I'm saying.