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  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    ★★★½

    An all timer. The more Harrison Ford can just BE on screen in his uniquely movie star way. He doesn't need to, and in fact doesn't, say much.

  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior

    ★★★★

    I appreciate the acuity of the relationship autopsy. All the good times, the bad times, pinpointing the switchback turns where suddenly one was the other.

    What I most admired about it was that it didn't start with Shirin in a bad place and showed us how she got better. Instead, she started off not very okay, and got a little more okay. That's the process we witness -- it's honest and true! There's not a dramatic change! A notch or…

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★

    The swings in this are major league. High to low, broad to acute. That's Spike Lee: ideas coexisting in a mess of contradiction is the point. Early in the run there's what I'm going to consider an homage to 30 Rocks early peak in Jack-tor, and it is outrageously funny. Some of the police scenes veer from procedural to didactic. Every provocation is dished up with relish. And then there's the sober business of history and witness that, from the…

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    ★★★★

    In a word: weeeeee!

    I loved this unabashedly: tight construction, warm and winsome, emotionally available and never manipulative.

    Does Easy A count as a recent teen comedy? Edge of Seventeen does! What Emma Stone brings to the former is a wry self awareness and somehow that's the character of the whole movie, like freshly falling charisma. Hailee Steinfeld has the same snow blanketing quality, but instead of teencom moxie it's a righteous meanness and she is selfish nearly to the…