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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★

    Obviously some very talented people involved, but this didn't quite work.

  • Cameraperson

    Cameraperson

    ★★★½

    Sometimes lyrical, sometimes humanist, sometimes pedestrian, sometimes show-offy. I can't say it comes to a unity for me, but it's never boring and--I imagine--provokes more thought than the docs whose footage it is drawn from.

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  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★

    An oddly safe execution of material with explosive potential. It isn't a failure of execution so much as a curious absence of daring.

    Also, a film set in the bellum-era Confederacy that elides race in a quick burst of early exposition is on somewhat shaky ground. Better, I think, to either set the chamber piece in a different era (as it easily could be) or take the subject head on, by retaining the black and biracial characters from the original--and/or perhaps casting McBurney as a black soldier.

    Still, admirably crafted: staging, photography, production design, and performances are all solid. Coppola's best work is ahead of her.

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★

    An overly reverential adaptation that, despite it's colossal application of craft, doesn't do much to justify its existence.