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  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe

    ★★★

    When Fede Alvarez remade Sam Raimi's cult legend "Evil Dead," much of the surrounding brouhaha centered around the amount of gristle his revamp carved. So much so that the buzz for it out of festivals was more akin to the "creepy crawlers" marketing campaign than a regular fest hype cycle: "see the film," everyone seemed to say, "that's gooey and gushy enough to horrify your mother." The midnight screening of it that I remember attending the night of its release…

  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon

    ★★★½

    It seems to have become a go-to studio move to pick buzzed-about new blood to helm expensive auditorium-fillers, but David Lowery, who wasn't able to raise his indie debut above a display case of flourishes, finds his niche in the broad but nonetheless gentle studio crowd-pleaser. Mostly because Pete's Dragon- unlike many of Disney's other effects-heavy reimaginings- relishes the more intimate details of behavior afforded by its relatively minimal scale. There aren't any battling armies or expensively-rendered castles to be…

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★½

    As Terrence Malick continues the inward spiral toward pure abstraction that has served as a constant over the course of his lengthy yet -until recently-fairly sparse career, it's increasingly simple to diminish his work down to the most base of his aesthetic fascinations. Pretty pictures, frolicking, voiceover, a "perfume commercial" visual sensibility: as with any singular artist, the number of ways to denigrate his output based on splinters of his perceived modus operandi are endless. If that weren't enough, the…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★½

    At this point, it's almost too easy when talking about a Marvel movie to just gesture toward the inherent structural limitations imposed by its Rube Goldberg-esque system of cameos and fan winks, then call it a day. If "Civil War" has done anything, though, it's make me realize that this problem doesn't just apply to the mechanical rhythm of their storytelling, but it's also crept into their already purely cosmetic approach to theme. Sure, Ant Man is almost literally driven…