Saturday, December 3, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 12/2


The big one for these two weeks is my big cover story on how awards season is taking over the movie-going calendar. Talked to some very good, thoughtful writers on the beat, and came up with something reasonably helpful, I hope.

I reviewed Jackie, which is so much better than it sounded.

I reviewed Moana, and it is lovely.

I was low on space Thanksgiving week and didn't have room for full reviews of Allied or Miss Sloane, but there are capsules for them here.

Also, our annual movie geek gift guide dropped. It's packed.

And we ran our jam-packed December indie guide.

For Second Glance, I went back to Robert Zemeckis's very first feature, the charming Beatlemania caper I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

For Bad Movie Night, I looked at the bonkers Canadian cable-access Terminator rip-off Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments, and got a little personal.

And, of course, BD/DVD/VOD guides for 11/22 and 11/29.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 11/19


Less than usual this week, on account of some time off for the birthday (my 41st, if you're keeping track), but spotlighting some really great movies, and an interesting failure too.

First up, a review of Manchester By the Sea, which is both masterful and restrained.

My review of The Edge of Seventeen, which put me in mind of Easy A - a smarter-than-average teen comedy that will hopefully make its leading lady into a mega-star.

Some thoughts on Rules Don't Apply, which doesn't quite work, but in some fascinating ways.

And, of course, this week's DVD/VOD guide.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 11/12


Well, it was a bit of a week, huh? In doing our customary round-up of the weekend's new movies, I wrote probably the closest I'll come to anything personal about the election - basically, that we have to burrow into art to take our mind off a scary world. So here's that.

Arrival was already one of my favorite films of the year - but after Tuesday, it was suddenly really important. More on that here.

I reviewed Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - well, mostly I reviewed its technology, which ship-wrecks the whole fucking movie.

For Second Glance, I looked at the woefully underrated David Mamet caper movie Heist.

And here's a DVD/VOD guide.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 11/5



Unsurprisingly, I made the case for FilmStruck.

Here's my review of the best movie of the week, and one of the best of the year: Loving.

I reviewed Doctor Strange. It's okay!

For Bad Movie Night, I took a pass at The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. It's not okay!

Did a really loaded indie guide too, which includes Manchester By the Sea, Nocturnal Animals, and Bleed for This.

And, of course, the ol' DVD/VOD guide.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 10/29


I did a big ol' cover story about what draws us to scary movies, and keeps us coming back.

I wrote a New York Film Festival wrap-up, including capsule reviews of Manchester By the Sea, 20th Century Women, and Toni Erdmann.

I reviewed Moonlight, one of the year's best films.

And I reviewed The Handmaiden, which is sexy and terrific and great.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, on the other hand, is about as generic as action movies get.

But at least it's better than Inferno. I did a stunt review, from the persona of Into the Inferno director Werner Herzog, because why not.

For Second Glance, I looked at David Byrne's wonderful True Stories.

Halloween listicle alert! Some of my favorite horror movie performances.

Halloween service journalism alert! A big ol' guide to the best horror movies on your streaming service.

And, of course, DVD/VOD guides for 10/18 and 10/25.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 10/15


I compared and contrasted Tower and Newtown, two new, powerful documentaries about gun violence and school shootings.

From the New York Film Festival, I covered the new Almodóvar and the new Assayas, with some thought on the catlike nature of Kristen Stewart.

I reviewed The Girl on the Train, which is terrible.

Also reviewed The Accountant, which is also terrible.

And I wrote about Kevin Hart's new concert movie, and how it reminds me of Richard Pryor's.

For "Second Glance," I looked at the post-Purple Rain filmography of Prince.

I had somehow never done Mommie Dearest for "Bad Movie Night," so I took care of that.

And your Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guides for 10/4 and 10/11.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 10/1


Indie movie guide for October!

New York Film Festival preview!

And from that festival, I wrote up Ava Duvernay's powerful new documentary 13th.

Went long on the terrific American Honey.

In praise of The Magnificent Seven - particularly, Denzel Washington's presence in it.

On Ron Howard's not-great new Beatles documentary, Eight Days a Week.

I didn't hate Woody's Amazon series as much as everyone else seems to.

For Bad Movie Night, I took a look at the Criterion release of Valley of the Dolls (with a cameo by Beyond the Valley).

For Second Glance, I revisited an old favorite: Stephen King's feline-powered horror anthology Cat's Eye.

And, of course, BD/DVD/VOD guides for 9/20 and 9/27.