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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★½

    This was... not for me.

  • The Color of Money

    The Color of Money

    ★★★★

    Now that Richard Price is recognized as one of our best novelists, I hope this one gets reassessed. At times, it's almost a great con-man comedy, with genial doofus Cruise as the Eddie Bracken or Henry Fonda who gets lovingly manipulated by Eddie and Carmen. The story Carmen tells about how she met Vincent, and the stolen necklace she wears, is a great moment for both Price and Mastrantonio. MVP, though, is Ballhaus, who gives the impression that he had been waiting his whole career to shoot a game of pool.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    L.A. is full of young people who move to the city with an open mind and shelf full of old Mike Davis books, ready to find the "real" and "authentic" L.A. that apparently existed before the Dodgers stole Chavez Ravine or before city boosterism ran amuck or... before capitalism maybe? La La Land is full of winks to many knowing groups of people; a side entertainment of my viewing was listening to the involuntary "hmms" and "huhs" of the audience…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★½

    The custodial relationship, where one assumes temporary care over another's person or property, is Manchester by the Sea's guiding metaphor. In the first ten minutes, Lee tolerates the creeping intimacy of his tenants in order to plunge toilets and replace corroded stoppers. Those first ten minutes define a relationship that we see repeated throughout the film, but with Lee on the other side. Once he arrives back in Manchester, we see him depend on the professional competence of doctors, nurses,…