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  • The High Note

    The High Note

    ★★½

    This has all the makings of a charming crowd pleaser, but the major issue here is that the two main threads don’t work in tandem with each other. This is perhaps because it hinges more on a flimsy twist than on a commitment to organic scene flow and character development. Additionally, the dynamic between assistant and star eventually feels crowded out by a weak romantic storyline - one that doesn’t really have the type of payoff it needs. The film…

  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★

    For every moment where the talky radio element of this is fascinating, there's another moment where it really drags. It's less effective as a narrative story than it is a nostalgic mood piece, one with a distinct and surprisingly sharp handle on creating atmosphere (the sound design and cinematography are immaculate). It may not be my type of film exactly, but there's no denying the talent on display here - Andrew Patterson is one to watch for sure.

    GRADE: B-

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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★½

    There's a scene where Tonya's voiceover says "I was 15" and then we see full grown Margot Robbie and it's probably the funniest moment in 2017 cinema.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Ethan Hawke straight up devoured every other Best Actor nominee and contender and now has to watch one of them win an Oscar. No wonder he spends the entire movie wondering what the hell is wrong with the world