Knives Out (*****) is a donut inside of a donut hole

"This is one of the best films of the year. It's also one of the best mystery films I remember seeing. My daughter solved it about midway through. She just wasn't sure how she'd solved it until Johnson let us all see. "

Shaft (*****) is damn right

John Shaft is the urban answer to the motto "Don't Tread on Me." It's a remarkable statement that no doubt has lead many critics who live in big cities to blanch at the apparent crudity espoused by the filmmakers. Now in their 5th film and going on 5 decades. All it really does is show the difference between those who prefer a nanny state and those who'd rather think of it as a distant uncle they see once in a while.

Velvet Buzzsaw (***1/2) cuts unevenly

"Gilroy has made a solid film. Not a spectacular one. If he hadn't made the complete masterpiece Nightcrawler, I would be more impressed with what he tries to achieve here and less disappointed in the fact that he's set such a high bar I seem intent on holding him to."

Enough Said Curbed Enthusiasm

Enough Said - 2013 Writer and Director Nicole Holofcener Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone James Gandolfini had the rare gift of expression through silence.  Or quiet at least.  His voice large as it felt, was low enough that it drew you in, and before you knew it, you were hooked by his wizened smile.  His … Continue reading Enough Said Curbed Enthusiasm

The Way Way Back Sam Rockwell’s take on Bill Murray

The Way Way Back - 2013 Written and Directed by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet There are some laughs nestled in this summer home coming of age in the age of divorced parents melodrama.  There's a fair amount of depressing stuff in here too.  The Way Way Back … Continue reading The Way Way Back Sam Rockwell’s take on Bill Murray

Fright Night: Yelchin breaks even with yet another reboot

Fright Night - 2011 Directed by Craig Gillespie Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette Written by Marti Noxon based on the original story by Tom Holland One of the first horror movies I remember watching alone as a teenager, the original Fright Night has always held a special place … Continue reading Fright Night: Yelchin breaks even with yet another reboot