Robert Daniels

Robert Daniels

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Film critic at The New York Times, LA Times, RogerEbert.com, ThePlaylist, Polygon, and more

Favorite films

  • 8½
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Bambi Meets Godzilla

    ★★★★

  • Old

    ★★★½

  • Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★★

  • Basic

    ★★½

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  • Bambi Meets Godzilla

    Bambi Meets Godzilla

    ★★★★

    Funny af

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    M. Night Shyamalan's Old, which tackles the distinct horrors of aging, ends up being a fascinating entry to the director's spotty career. It may not be his greatest work, but it is one that uses an intriguing premise to tackle profound ideas — ones that probably won’t easily fade away, even when you’re old and gray.

    Old follows mother and father Guy (Gael García Bernal) and Prisca (a gripping Vicky Krieps) and their two children — the six-year-old Trent (Nolan…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    Not every ingredient works but Nicholas Cage stirs the pot in his most grounded performance in nearly two decades. This film eviscerated me by its final scene.

  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★★★

    In Barry Jenkins’ 10-hour historical fantasy miniseries The Underground Railroad, regret is generational, as easily passed down in a family as eye color or hair texture. The Underground Railroad, adapted by the Moonlight director from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2016 novel, takes place in antebellum Georgia. Yet it’d be a mistake to call the series a slave narrative. There’s only pain and suffering in a genre originally constructed to end slavery by explaining the horrors of plantation life to Northern…