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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    I adored so much about the construction of this movie, as well as the performances, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed in how weird it isn't.

  • Barbara

    Barbara

    ★★★½

    THE SHOES.

    A bit too meandering, but Jeanne Balibar is really quite brilliant. And I appreciate its subversion of the annoying biopic trope that a great actor can "disappear" into their impression of an icon.

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  • Freud: The Secret Passion

    Freud: The Secret Passion

    ★★★★

    A surprisingly thunderous movie. Charles Kaufman's screenplay isn't a biopic at all, more a condensation of the thinker's ideas into a chamber drama of heavy-handed significance. All of his theories are crammed into one patient, Cecily Koertner. Susannah York's performance is a lot more restrained than, say, Keira Knightley's in A Dangerous Method or Tippi Hedren's in Marnie. Montgomery Clift is equally modest, though that doesn't necessarily mean he's bad. It's more than the film's performances are subservient to its…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Like Clue before it, a movie that manages to land three equally satisfying endings.