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  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★

    Ozu was an empath, no doubt about it. He told human stories and he told them perhaps better than anyone else has managed. LATE SPRING is no exception. While I found that TOKYO STORY resonated with me a touch more, it's splitting hairs at this point.

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★

    Coming on the heels of my watch of the money-grubbing abomination that is FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, I found this one quite refreshing. A MONSTER CALLS is dark, honest, and focused--a rare trifecta amongst modern works. It's also beautiful to watch, using CGI in service to story rather than spectacle and featuring some incredible animation sequences. I'm heartened to see that they still make them like this.

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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★½

    For the majority of this film, it sounds like everyone is calling Eddie Redmayne's character "Mistress Commander." Had they been, it would've made for a much more compelling movie than the soulless, incoherent, predictable, interminable money-grabber on display here. I mean, seriously: how many times do we have to watch an evil cloud attack a cityscape? I blame Marvel. They've ruined the blockbuster for everyone, it seems. Actually, that might not be entirely fair. I blame the idiotic audiences who…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    No twists. No betrayals. No games. Just two protagonists, both flawed and virtuous, seeking justice in an unjust, dying world and losing themselves in the process. Great stuff here.