The long-dead and unbelievably insane action producer's spirit lives on in the bananas Bad Boys for Life. B-
Sam Mendes’ WWI film is an aesthetically barren and politically naive bedtime story that dying empires whisper to themselves. F
Like a Boss is a raunchy, slapstick female buddy comedy with a few choice moments, but as a film it doesn't hang together. B-
Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York isn’t good, but doesn’t deserve arbitrary censorship.
Dolemite is My Name celebrates the American Dream and those who pursue it with open hearts.
Uncut Gems puts the Safdie Brothers among the best American filmmakers working today. A
The best films of the 2010s.
Greta Gerwig’s insular Little Women didn't move me, but that doesn't mean it isn't a successful adaptation.
Bombshell is the worst Big Short riff yet, unsuccessful as art and reportage. C-
The hyper-verbal anti-rom-com shows that smaller is better.
Many movies open on or around Christmas. Some are better than others.
"Every picture is of you when you were younger.” And every movie is about someone who no longer exists.
You don’t go to Michael Bay movies for subtlety.
Rock Follies lives on.
If you're in the mood for aesthetic hedonism, 6 Underground works.
Scrooge is a villain with the power to solve the problems of every living person in the story and no desire to help anyone.
Does anyone really need to spend the holidays with a suicidal Jimmy Stewart?
We already knew there were no saints in the golden days of Baltimore’s backwater white trash side of town.
Harry and Sally are deliberately vague and unpleasant.
The show uses the supernatural elements of his Satan worship to make Ramirez into an unstoppable killing machine.
If nothing else, the movie shows how effective Shakespeare’s dialogue is.
On working with Greta Gerwig, how to pronounce "Midsommar," and more.
The filmmaker talks about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and much more in this two and a half hour interview.
The veteran BBC film critic on the Safdies' and Sandler's triumph.
A conversation with Larry King.
An analysis of the 1933, 1949, 1994, and 2019 adaptations of Louisa May Alcott's novel.
A video collage sourced from work made this decade, a flushing out of nostalgia to go into 2020 clean.
The late actress with Eddie Constantine in Jean-Luc Godard's sci-fi film.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House.
Two short films about the thankless job of being a soundperson by Nicky Smith screening December 13 at the Mercury Theater in Baltimore.