David has written 96 reviews for films during 2016.

  • Gods of Egypt

    Gods of Egypt


    halfway through Thoth holds up a head of lettuce and says "what...what is its truth?"

    this movie is one weird head of lettuce

  • Always Shine

    Always Shine


    Persona in Big Sur! Mulholland Drive, minus the hobo with the blue box! Queen of Earth, but (slightly) lighter on the foreboding horror! Two actresses, one with more of a career than the other, take a weekend away together, and things eventually go bump in the night. It's a fun blending of some tropes we've seen before, with less overt metaphorical purpose, which I appreciated. Mundane conversations getting jacked up with psychological tension is all I need. Beautifully acted by Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin Fitzgerald. But didn't quite land its punch for me. I liked, but I didn't feel for them.

  • Aliens of the Deep

    Aliens of the Deep


    I honestly think James Cameron is more obsessed with diving machines than the undersea creatures you can see with them.

    you literally can draw a straight line from this to Avatar, though

  • Ghosts of the Abyss

    Ghosts of the Abyss


    who knew this had a 9/11 twist and so much Bill Paxton

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange


    Good fun. In search of a third act. That a movie this odd feels almost perfunctory at times speak well of Marvel, ridiculous as that might sound. As a devotee of Kirby's comics, I appreciated the challenge Derrickson faced in creating worlds like The Dark Dimension. He did a good, sturdy job.

  • Bleed for This

    Bleed for This



  • Loving



    Very good, very restrained, very geared towards driving home how ordinary and lovely its central couple were. Has no interest in mounting an argument against systemic racism, nor should it--what this movie is about is a matter of fact, and it wants it to feel that way. It'd work regardless, but Ruth Negga's performance is absolutely extraordinary.

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back


  • Jackie



    It's charting a path between something I have little interest in (the gauzy public image of the Kennedys, forged in tragedy) and something I'm much more appreciative of (digging into that mythmaking, the differences between public and private grief, and the unbelievable guilt contained therein). I liked it. A lot, I think. But I need to figure out how arch it's being.

  • The Whole Truth

    The Whole Truth


    Sigh. A waste of Keanu, a weird project for Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), an incredibly stagey-feeling episode of television stretched over 100 quasi-twisty minutes. Very stilted, though not unwatchable.

  • Certain Women

    Certain Women


    Lily Gladstone is a wonder in this. A slow build, a masterful conclusion, stays with you for weeks. Updated with my review at The Atlantic.

  • Desierto



    hm. um...hm. um...ok? (my review at The Atlantic).