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  • Mike Bassett: England Manager

    Mike Bassett: England Manager

    ★★

    Vindaloo! It's World Cup time for you!

  • My Night at Maud's

    My Night at Maud's

    ★★★★

    Philosophical but in an organic way, and that's a dig at the forced conversation in My Dinner With Andre. This movie moves around rather than being confined to one table even if it's conversation heavy. I felt that same French or Italian new wave cynicism and frustration shown by the characters at their general upper/middle class dissatisfaction over life with problems that feel both petty, real, and abstract. The philosophy itself in this movie, at least past the one third…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    An example of throwing everything at the sink and hoping it'll stick....some of it does quite well and in general, it's the visual side of the story that sticks as well as the acting of the Hamill-Ridley-Driver trio. Rey's character conveys a sense of determination and badass-ery that I never found in previous Star Wars characters though there's still no one with the charisma of an Obi-Wan, Oscar Isaac has the potential but gets weak lines. What doesn't stick for…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    Mischievously intriguing for a horror film and in my opinion, far more than a horror film because it's intrigue doesn't come from played-out tropes although the inherent and subtle creepiness does begin to loom more and more as the movie goes on. I don't consider Get Out to be particularly funny in terms of the comedy but the TSA friend played by LilRel Howery brings the laughs whenever he's on and those fragmented moments of fun for me were impressive…