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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    **Disclaimer: I’m writing this from the comfort (and safety) of my tub so forgive me if the following thoughts about the final film in Luca Guadagnino’s desire trilogy (his words, not mine) are full of messy tangents, colloquialisms, and/or plain old stupid ideas A part of me thinks I should wait to write this informal review. I should wait until I feel less crushed and more critical, but another part of me — that part that’s already won — believes…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★

    There’s a moment near the beginning of Three Billboards where the never not stellar Frances McDormand delivers a chilly monologue to a Catholic priest. She schools him on insitutional corruption, speaking about the Church to make a larger point about something more personal to her. Her daughter was raped and murdered, and the police haven’t done much. She’s angry.

    It’s here where Three Billboards seems like it’s gonna be more than your typical McDonagh picture full of wit and violence.…