• Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    Luca tenderized my heart, which is probably exactly how he likes them. 

    A beautiful movie equally tender and terrible, about the shame and trauma we bring with us, whether in queer reading of repression and urges, or in coming of age stories about the ways our parents torment us. 

    Delectable and devious. The sound design is crunchy and gross and excellent and the score is haunting as always. It’s clear Luca is building on CMBYN and Suspiria and he’s truly a remarkable director in charge of his craft.

  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★★

    Midsommar but for foodies. I won’t explain it, but I’m not wrong. 

    The Menu is an absolute thrill from start to finish. It’s fun, funny, crisp, and delicious. The first course is a searing indictment of the rich, with a side of what happens when there’s no joy left in art.

    Critics, fanboys, investors, even the artists themselves have a slice of the blame. It’s no small irony that Mylod’s prior work includes Game of Thrones. I’m glad to see him do something filled with passion and enjoyment.

    Big fan of s’mores, too.

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★★

    I’m not sure how, but that sonofabitch did it again. 

    Glass Onion is clever in its simplicity and revels in its fun. Kate Hudson is a blast and Janelle Monae is the true triumph of the whole thing.

    It’s just as delightful to see Rian Johnson’s magic work this time as it was for Knives Out. It’s grander in scope and scene but no less sharp. Sign me up for as many of these Benoit Blanc mysteries as I can get.

  • Close

    Close

    ★★★½

    Absolutely devastating performances by the lead child actors. I struggle with movies about queer pain and how much that hurts, but it’s done well and an effective story of childhood and what grounds us when we’re lost.

  • The Whale

    The Whale

    ★★★★½

    The Whale is a one man knockout from Brendan Fraser. His performance is equal parts devastating and understated as he navigates through real grief and joy. 

    “I thought if I loved him enough…” is an absolutely devastating line and for me the crux of this work about how hard we try to help people and how so much of that help only happens by accident. We all help and hurt each other before we even understand how and our actions ripple out to others for longer than we’ll remember.

  • Hunt

    Hunt

    ★★★

    Hunt is a fast paced political thriller that ratchets up the stakes until it is at 100 and ready to blow. The politics of it are pretty simple, but the action and intrigue are wild and an absolute blast.

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

    Consistently equally hilarious and bleak with standout performances from Farrell, Gleason, and Condon and a whip smart script. It’s a smart story about friendship and about what’s worth living for, greatness or niceness.

    “Yer all fecking boring!”

  • EO

    EO

    ★★★

    The TreEO of Life

    EO is a beautifully shot, if not occasionally puzzling, portrait of a donkey roaming the Polish countryside.

    It has some rather simplistic themes of our selfishness and cruelty, where we insist we’re doing something in the best interests of others even when that’s not true (in this case, EO just wants carrot muffins and to vibe with his circus girlfriend). 

    I would kill for EO, that much is clear.

  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    Aftersun is a devastatingly intimate portrait that breaks your heart by inches and then rips it out entirely. It’s told in shadows and reflections and doorways, in corners and mirrors and cameras and strobes, always removed from the real world, from the weight of how…hard everything is.

    All we can do is look back at the small moments and hold them tight, square the person we used to be and thought we’d be with who we became instead, and hope it’s enough. 

    Ending a movie like that and making me sob as soon as the credits roll should be considered a war crime.

  • She Said

    She Said

    ★★★½

    As a story, it’s phenomenal, emotional, and well paced. Mulligan and Kazan are an effective one-two punch as reporters fighting for this story. It played super well at the Denver Film Fest, as it should.

    As a movie, it’s one scene interrupted by a phone call that’s interrupted by someone walking into the room suddenly to announce there’s a phone call in the next scene, which-

  • Holy Spider

    Holy Spider

    ★★★★

    Holy Spider is a chilling and effective true crime thriller with very strong lead performances to keep it going. I loved the way this unfolded. 

    A true terror on the ways misogynistic ideas (and violence they bring) spread and form, from the individual to the masses.

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    Portrait of a Sociopáth on Fire