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Pinned reviews

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League


    Pretty much bog-standard Zack Snyder as far as I'm concerned. Like most of his other films, his new cut of Justice League is littered with striking imagery and fascinating germs of ideas, which never become anything more than litter because Snyder lacks the discipline (or the willingness? who cares) to marshal it all into something coherent. At first I was going to say that this film simply throws everything it has at a wall to see what sticks, but that's…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story


    "Surfaces turn, find their places. In time,
    The rhythm could not be simpler."

    —David Wright, "Altar Piece"

    Of the many reasons to treasure David Lowery’s new film, A Ghost Story, one of the biggest is the way it outlines the shape not just of one human life, but of human life in general. With its round-cornered, boxy aspect ratio—familiar to anyone who’s ever used a slide projector or watched a home video on Super 8 film—A Ghost Story offers us…

Recent reviews

  • Master Gardener

    Master Gardener


    Joel Edgerton is made up and shot in such a way that he looks uncannily like Drama-Mode Conan O'Brien, and somehow that's only the second- or third-biggest miscalculation in this movie.

  • Fast X

    Fast X


    Ledger-demain (n.)—the phenomenon in which a supporting performance (usually a villain) is so obviously the best thing in the movie that it threatens to unbalance the entire enterprise.

    see also Momoa-zation

Popular reviews

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    Going to present this review as a series of haphazard, loosely connected bullet points: the ideal approach for a movie that feels like a series of haphazard, loosely connected bullet points itself.

    • Man, I feel sorry for Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum, who pretty clearly are not thrilled about being here. Neill, especially, seems actively annoyed by everything Colin Trevorrow is asking him to do. I'm not going to speculate too much about how J-World D will…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


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

    Two full stars for the 15 minutes of this movie that are horror-movie sequences. An additional half-star for the moment when Jim from The Office gets peeled like a stick of string cheese.