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  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★

    Watched it with the kids this time. It's still fine.

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Turns out C.Affleck is not wearing anything underneath the sheet.
    There really isn't that much to this thing. As others have pointed out, this film expects the audience to do most, if not all, of the work. It gives us some striking images, to be sure, but it expects us to load those images with meaning. I suppose the scenes in the house between C and M work well enough. They're filled with enough emotion to keep me interested. The…

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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★½

    The subtle power of this film is that he changes the way you see the way you see the world. It's not so much that you notice the little things as you go about your day. Rather, you notice what you're noticing. At least, that's what it did for me. It functions like a great piece of poetry in that regard. Suddenly I'm aware of how much (or little) I'm seeing.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It would be very easy to walk away from this film thinking that it ends in triumph, but that would be a much too shallow reading. There are so many layers and subtleties here. Chazelle does such a good of thrilling you, while at the same time encouraging you to question whether or not you should be thrilled. He does this with a masterful use of the cinematic language.

    The film begins and ends with Andrew (can we please continue…