• Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★

    Richard Jenkins may be the saddest character in any Coens film.

  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    ★★★★

    It's been so long since I'd seen this that I never realized how much it riffs on Vertigo because I don't think I'd even seen Vertigo yet the last time I watched it. Great movie. Sharon Stone's excellent of course but Jeanne Tripplehorn is incredible too. My wife is right that Michael Douglas doesn't deserve either of these women (whichever one isn't the serial murderer that is).

  • Onlookers

    Onlookers

    ★★★★

    A nice observational doc greatly enhanced by the best subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing I've ever seen. Watch it with the captions on.

    Review at The Chinese Cinema.

  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★

    No gods, no masters.

  • The Intern

    The Intern

    ★★★★

    Stay at Home Dad slander.

  • Table 19

    Table 19

    ★★★

    Anna Kendrick is in this movie.

  • Expect the Unexpected

    Expect the Unexpected

    ★★★★

    Holds up really well even when you're expecting the unexpected because you've seen it before.

    This was Simon Yam's first Johnnie To film. How those two made it 20 years without making a movie together before this I don't know.

  • Loving You

    Loving You

    ★★★★

    I really did not remember this one correctly at all. I'd thought it was a Regarding Henry kind of thing where the brain damage changed Lau Ching-wan's personality, but it's much more nuanced than that, more like the moment where he hits rock bottom and begins trying to become a better person. But not all at once: he has a lot to change and he doesn't always succeed. Great work from Lau and Carman Lee, plus a bunch of shootouts…

  • The Marvels

    The Marvels

    ★★½

    It's kinda interesting but not really that Marvel keeps making movies that should be tv shows and tv shows that should be movies. Anyway, I already forgot I watched this.

  • Twister

    Twister

    ★★★½

    Guy who would rather hang out with the weather than Jami Gertz.

  • Noises Off...

    Noises Off...

    ★★★★

    We used to have movies about crazy people putting on a show. We used to have actors who specialized in funny voices and accents. We used to have actors who built a whole career out of falling down.

  • Elegies

    Elegies

    ★★★★

    "The subject of the poets and poetry of Hong Kong is a natural for Ann Hui, always the most literarily inclined of the great directors of her generation. . .. her good humor and self-deprecation are always charming when she appears on film, and she proves a delightful guide to the poets of Elegies."

    Reviewed as part of the IFFR coverage at InReview Online.