Caroline Siede

Caroline Siede

Film & TV critic | A.V. Club contributor | Expert grocery shopper

Favorite films

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Independence Day
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • If Beale Street Could Talk

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  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

  • Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul

  • Dual

  • Call Jane

Recent reviews

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    A gift to English teachers everywhere! What a groovy, groovy film. The perfect blend of cinema and theatricality. I’d love to see every Shakespeare play adapted this way.

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★

    It did succeed at giving me a sense of existential dread and the ending was effective (at least before the terrible post-credits scenes), but it absolutely should’ve been no more than 95 minutes at most. 

    Some other scattered thoughts: 

    —Nice to see Leo having fun post-Oscar
    —The Chris Evans cameo was incredible, although I’d be fascinated to hear what he thinks he’s mocking there
    —Jennifer Lawrence kissing Timothée Chalamet felt like a real passing of the “hot young critically acclaimed star” torch moment 
    —Streep, Blanchett, Rylance, and especially Hill are shockingly bad. Like, almost unwatchable 
    —Where were the jokes??

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★

    It really can’t be overstated how ambitious, creative, and exuberant this is. Jon Chu’s background as a dance director is a huge asset when it comes to staging big production numbers like “96,000” and “Carnaval del Barrio.” And I was incredibly impressed by his commitment to abstract theatricality in “Paciencia y Fe,” a number most directors would’ve filled with standard flashback montages. It feels like Chu is the first director since Rob Marshall to really set out to push the…

  • The Mummy Returns

    The Mummy Returns

    ★★★

    Making Evelyn and Rick a happily married couple instead of splitting them up to retread the arc of the first movie is the single greatest decision any sequel has ever made.