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  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★½

    Despite meandering mid-way and over-indulging on voice-over and a few old tics (daddy issues, the odd shot of sentiment), Sorkin nevertheless makes a solid directing debut, keeping this cracking, info-heavy true-life story fun and cohesive, led by a knockout star turn from Chastain.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    For a story of machines making miracles, Villeneuve and his team strive for beauty within the blockbuster — and damn near succeed. A physical and aural marvel, it's well cast and always intriguing, but has less Big Ideas than it seems and, while the pacing works, is still overlong.

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  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    Initially interesting but increasingly meandering doc-xperiment feels ickier and less ethical as it wears on. What's more, its attack on assumed audience bloodlust is aimed in a way as to fundamentally misunderstand art's role in helping us make some semblance of sense of the senseless.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★

    Strikingly shot, strongly acted, but endless, near-comically absurd survival/revenge drama feels puffed up on its own faux-significance.