A Quiet Place Part II

For many, John Krasinsky’s “A Quiet Place II” will be one of the first movie back since the pandemic forced theaters to shut down. After being delayed nearly as long from its original March 2020 release date, I believe there’s a certain poetry to that. “A Quiet Place II” doesn’t open in theaters nationwide for another… Continue reading A Quiet Place Part II

Nobody

“Nobody” makes it clear, this is Somebody you do NOT want to F#*% with! Move over John Wick, because there's a new badass in town. His name is Hutch Mansell, and though the name may not have the same ring to it, he is every bit as deadly as the great Baba Yaga. Hutch is… Continue reading Nobody

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

The director’s four-hour cut is truly a new film – and a knockout! The Snyder Cut is rooted in comic-book convention, but it’s now told with a skillful grandeur that trumps the “Avengers” saga. This whole thing started as a hashtag: a cheekily insurgent social-media campaign against big media corporations who presume to tell superhero devotees what’s… Continue reading Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Jungleland

In Max Winkler’s “Jungleland,” Jack O’Connell and Charlie Hunnam have a very familiar movie-sibling dynamic, playing brothers respectively “good” and tough guys in the brutal business of boxing who have been knocked around a bit too much by life in general. This may inevitably recall the fairly recent likes of “The Fighter” and “Warrior,” excellent… Continue reading Jungleland

Promising Young Woman

It’s a canny setup, from the devious mind of “Killing Eve” show-runner Emerald Fennell who acts here as writer-director, and while we’ve seen films where women violently fight back against rape culture before, we haven’t seen one that feels quite as female and quite as well-rooted in the conversations we’re still somehow having today.  Given… Continue reading Promising Young Woman

Malcolm & Marie

In the opening scene of “Eyes Wide Shut,” Stanley Kubrick introduces the married couple played by then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman via a 60-second Steadicam shot. The pair are getting ready for a formal event. Cruise wears a tuxedo, Kidman a gown. The camera follows him around their New York apartment, entering the… Continue reading Malcolm & Marie

Sound of Metal – Loss & Change

As Ruben, the heavy-metal drummer going deaf at the center of the mesmerizing debut from writer-director Darius Marder, Riz Ahmed conveys the complex frustrations of losing touch with the world around him no matter how much he fights to hold onto it.  One of the things I like best about Darius Marder’s feature is how unsentimental… Continue reading Sound of Metal – Loss & Change

The Sound of Philadelphia

"If you don't give them what they want, you know what's going to happen…" Here’s an indie drama titled “The Sound of Philadelphia”, though it also goes under a few other titles including “Brothers by Blood” or “Sons of Philadelphia”. Adapted from a book by Pete Dexter, the film is a tale of family, friendships and betrayal… Continue reading The Sound of Philadelphia