MOVIE REVIEW: Columbus

Columbus (2017) “I was going for something subtle,” Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) says to her mother while discussing a dinner recipe. This line, spoken early in the film, informs us of what video essayist turned first-time director Kogonada has planned, and is one of the films many moments of self-awareness. The film hardly even has a…

MOVIE REVIEW: Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent (2017) Occasionally, cinema will give us a film that pushes the boundaries of what has previously existed, either through technical advancement or unique narrative construction. Loving Vincent is such a film and is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. To simply refer to it as animation would be a disservice because what has been…

MOVIE REVIEW: Only the Brave

Only the Brave (2017) Going In You had me at… Taylor Kitsch. The All-American boy is back. Having already starred in roles as a high school football star, a Navy SEAL, and a Civil War veteran, Kitsch excels at portraying the everyman. In Only the Brave, Kitsch is Chris “Mac” MacKenzie, one of the elite…

MOVIE REVIEW: Marshall

Marshall (2017) Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Honestly, this film didn’t need more than that to get me interested and it should have your attention, too. Boseman’s star is rising and he is no stranger to playing heroes, having already embodied sports great Jackie Robinson and Marvel superhero Black…

MOVIE REVIEW: The Florida Project

The Florida Project (2017) Going In Sean Baker first came onto my radar with 2015’s Tangerine, the unique and moving story of a transgender girl searching on Christmas Eve for the pimp who broke her heart. Oh, and it was also shot almost entirely on an iPhone 5s. This made Baker a must-watch director for me. His newest film, The Florida…

MOVIE REVIEW: Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017) Going In Documentary master Frederick Wiseman’s newest film is a 3-hour plus exploration of the expansive 92-branch New York Public Library System. Though I have no background with Wiseman’s filmography, I am aware of his observational style and his repeated focus on studying American institutions. As someone…

MOVIE REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Going In Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner holds a special place in my heart. Over countless viewings the film has continued to evoke emotional and intellectual responses from me, often times new and unexpected. It is the film that ushered in my love of a good artificial intelligence story, a sub-genre that today…

MOVIE REVIEW: American Made

“All this is legal?” “If you’re doing it for the good guys.” This brief exchange tells us all we need to know about the measuring stick for the morality of the world of American Made. Unfortunately, what we’re quick to learn is that in this world, there aren’t any good guys, just guys who occupy…

MOVIE REVIEW: Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes (2017) Going In In 1973, a tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sporting event of all time. Riggs was past his prime and in an effort to regain the lost spotlight, he claimed that even at the age of 55 he would be able…

MOVIE REVIEW: Infinity Chamber

Infinity Chamber (2017) Going In A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape and try and find his way back to the outside world that may already be wiped out. Rarely does a cerebral science fiction film  slip beneath my radar. I have a deep love of contemplating…