David has written 25 reviews for films during 2015.

  • The Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Star Wars Holiday Special

    that is a thing that i just watched

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★

    I sympathize with the righteous fury but what's with the running time here gents

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur

    ★★½

    saw this in an empty theater so felt comfortable saying "dinosaurs farming corn? that's a movie?" out loud.

    the scene with the sticks really worked. the rest felt like a demo tape for something better. never got to remotely cut loose.

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★½

    FOR THE LAST TIME.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★½

    this film is supremely flawed and bloated with brief, brief flashes of brilliance; let that alone be the final nail in the coffin for the "split finale" approach to blockbuster franchises

  • Creed

    Creed

    ★★★★

    see it with the biggest, most amped crowd you possibly can.

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

    John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

    ★★★★

    I do honestly believe this will join the pantheon of great specials, but needs many more re-watches. Mulaney's dad is one of the most wonderfully-drawn supporting characters in any film this year. My review:

    www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/11/john-mulaneys-comedy-comeback/415659/

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation

    ★★★½

    visceral, all wrong for TV, ultimately kinda forgettable. feels worthy, which cuts both ways. Abraham Attah is something though huh?

    reviewed at The Atlantic.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    ★★★½

    charming! I shouted "BUY A BROWNSTONE, IT'S A GOOD INVESTMENT!" at the screen for the whole movie though

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★★

    two movies squashed together--the first is great, the second is a bit of a dud, and tries too hard to justify its existence by constantly referencing previous films in the Daniel Craig series. STILL. some terrific setpieces. nice bit of overarching business about Bond becoming a master over death that I liked. the Craig run remains fascinating and a cut above

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★½

    this movie gets a lot of things right, and builds just a tidal wave of momentum while never cheaply cashing in on it. just loved the portrayal of that weird mix of dispassion and vanity and heroism and screwing up that goes into reporting. every actor captured little bits of that in their (understated) work. not a pretty movie by any means but don't dismiss it as television, neither.

    my full review at The Atlantic.

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★★

    This movie is a living nightmare and I can't believe it was allowed on screens

    (watched for this article: www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/the-witches-and-the-power-of-childrens-horror/413281/)