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  • The Adventurer

    The Adventurer

    ★★★½

    Lots of fun to be had with Chaplin as a slippery jailbird evading the police (familiar stuff) and then hiding out amongst the well-to-do.

  • The Vagabond

    The Vagabond

    ★★★½

    The comedy is pretty subdued, but the melancholy romance is solid, paving the way for similarly strong emotional beats in films like The Gold Rush and City Lights. 

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    My #1 film of 2019.

    The upcoming Oscar race just got a lot more competitive.

    One of 2019's last releases to screen for critics and awards voters, Sam Mendes' 1917 was the final remaining question mark of the past decade in cinema. It turns out, the 2010s decided to go out with a bang.

    1917 is a stunning technical achievement, a war epic unfolding in a single continuous shot, with only one temporal interruption in the narrative (when our lead…

  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ★½

    Three Oscar winners headline this film — but why? This isn’t the kind of script that requires those kinds of chops. The mystery is CSI quality, and the movie follows the Law & Order rule that the most famous suspect has to be the bad guy. (That’s not a spoiler. There are no other possibilities here.)

    There’s some Seven-style moral complexity in the end, but that only works if you have compelling cop characters, and these two are totally by-the-numbers. One has…