Movie Reviews

Pictures at a (Movie) Exposition

Visuals are the story in this week’s new movie releases, including Dunkirk and Lady Macbeth

Director Christopher Nolan wants to remind folks why they go to movie theaters — instead of, you know, watching a movie on a telephone. In this critic’s humble opinion, he succeeds admirably in that effort ...

Lady Macbeth’s director on morality, animals, and his star Florence Pugh

Smart about evil: matrimony, misery, murder

William Oldroyd’s elegantly executed debut feature Lady Macbeth may prove to be the sort of quiet breakout for star Florence Pugh that Martha Marcy May Marlene was for Elizabeth Olsen (as opposed to the more ...

Will the monkeys do good business?

This week’s releases include War for the Planet of the Apes and not much else

Like Scott Marks, the other film critic here at the Reader, I thought the first two films of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series were excellent. Which is why I was so saddened to ...

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Girls Trip None stars

In the 70's they'd have called it Black Bridesmaids.

The Bad and the Beautiful 2.0 stars

Hollywood stands in front of a mirror, and is not displeased. A power-hungry producer (Kirk Douglas) does dirt in turn to a director (Barry Sullivan), an actress (Lana Turner), and a writer (Dick Powell). The three-part narrative structure -- stop ...

Two Weeks in Another Town 2.0 stars

For director Vincente Minnelli, writer Charles Schnee, producer John Houseman, and star Kirk Douglas, a ten-years-after followup to their The Bad and the Beautiful (footage from which goes into the film-within-the-film). It's a bit strained, a bit borderline-hysterical; and perhaps ...

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