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  • Marple: Nemesis

    Marple: Nemesis

    ★★½

    I don't know why there are no credits for this episode, which was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and has a terrific cast that includes Richard E. Grant, Dan Stevens & Ruth Wilson among others. As far as Marple episodes go it's an interesting one and directed well by Refn despite the clunky script and clumsy editing choices.

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★

    "Never forget that your obligation is to the people. It is not, at heart, to those who pay you, or to your editor, or to your sources, or to your friends, or to the advancement of your career. It is to the public."
    - Ben Bagdikian

    I really wish the whole film had been about Ben Bagdikian. Actor Bob Odenkirk is really, really good as Bagdikian. If anyone deserves an award for their work on The Post, it's him. Odenkirk's…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★

    I would have liked this so much more if it had no soundtrack, was called Maintenance by the Sea and we spent the entirety of the film watching Casey Affleck's character unplug toilets, fix sinks, shovel snow and get in occasional bar fights.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★

    The Invitation is one of the best films I've seen this year with an impressive central performance from Logan Marshall-Green. Grief and malaise run rampant in the Hollywood Hills turning a dinner party among old friends into an incredibly unnerving and flat out creepy affair. The atmosphere of dread and unease that permeate the proceedings is so thick you can cut it with a serving knife thanks to Karyn Kusama's taught direction & Theodore Shapiro's eerie score. A great slow-burn horror…