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  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    ★★★½

    Melodrama gets in the way sometimes, but good performances (particularly Amandla Stenberg in the lead) and interesting perspective on the subject matter.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Someone at Last isn't quite Shallow, but it's funnier.

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★½

    Is this the greatest screen saver ever made or what

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★½

    Extremely disappointing. How on Earth can you make a heist film this boring? The whole movie looks and sounds like it was made for a procedural on some third rate cable channel. (The scene transitions look like something out of a high school PowerPoint presentation.)

    The audience in my (packed) screening laughed three or four times during the whole running time. That is not nearly enough for a supposedly fun heist flick. Some of the minor characters are fun. Rihanna…