• 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    My 1-year-old liked this.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    Daniel Plainview, drinking brown liquor from a gold-rimmed glass, sitting in his study wearing a foulard tie with a denim shirt and heavy cardigan and hard bottom shoes, five o’clock shadow growing into a mustachioed face, screaming at his child and then passing out in his private bowling alley. It me.

  • Minions

    Minions

    Turns out Sandra Bullock is in this.

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    The casting in this is sublime. Sam Shepard as Ghost Dad, just wonderful.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

    Pizza Poppa … thank you.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Love to cast some of the funniest people on the planet and not write jokes for them.

  • The Offer

    The Offer

    I should have known better.

  • We Own This City

    We Own This City

    ★★★★½

    A major work of civic art.

  • American Made

    American Made

    Without question the weirdest choice Cruise has made in the 21st century, not just because of Doug Litman’s decision to shoot the film like a Netflix documentary with mediocre re-enactments, shaky cam digital, and bizarre framing in every scene. But more so because it’s the antithesis of Late Cruise’s brand: it’s narratively baggy, he’s mortal and morally compromised, and when it ends you don’t think he’s the most impressive man alive. There’s something amusing about Maverick landing on dirt runways…

  • Only the Brave

    Only the Brave

    ★★★★

    A sturdy, sincere, deceptively complex, and sad movie. Every actor is locked in, a who's who of men (Bridges, Brolin, Teller, Kitsch) who pay the bills with IP but hunt for stories about dignified underdogs battling nature and God and their own personal shortcomings. Kosinski's sanded-and-buffed style—architected, geometric images and sci-fi-forged utopic visions—mingles in an unusual way with the inherent chaos of a film engulfed in flames. Early on, Jennifer Connelly heals a wounded horse in a not-so-subtle but helpful…

  • Moon Knight

    Moon Knight

    I remain mystified by the airless Marvel TV shows.

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★★

    The first time I saw this was opening night at the recently shuttered Court Street Regal in Brooklyn, probably the most fun movie theater in America to see a horror movie. Loud, shameless, and utterly engaged, audiences could ruin the wrong movie or elevate the right one. This movie opens cold in 1969 by literally dragging a 10-year-old boy to hell after he steals a gypsy’s necklace. Gloves are off, Sam Raimi is telling us, we’re coming out swinging. That crowd swung back and when the stunning and hilariously mean-spirited ending hit, I thought the room might incinerate. Love da movies.