• The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

    Trope-heavy but satisfying courtroom story made special by a fun, oddball ensemble

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★½

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

    Eschewing many of the cliches associated with this genre and elaborating on others with vulnerability and attention to detail, the film ultimately delivers catharsis by using Otis’ practice of psychodrama to cleverly mirror and then transcend the story’s deeply personal subject matter.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★½

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

    While Tarantino’s earlier films justified excessive violence by fusing raw, uncontrollable energy with deliberate craftsmanship, this film’s botched landing (entirely dependent on a sketch comedy punch line) could only have come from a self-satisfied Hollywood legend uninterested in exploring the meat of the movie: the tricky question of how we should repay those who “taught us to kill.” We’re asked to enjoy canned dog food instead.