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  • End of Watch

    End of Watch

    ★★★★

    I dig it, a lot, even though I find the inability to stick with a perspective mildly frustrating/distracting. Either do the documentary thing or don’t, but don’t shift back and forth whenever it suits your narrative purpose.

  • The Mechanic

    The Mechanic

    ★★★★

    The first 15 minutes are amazing and pretty much dialogue free, which basically makes this an avant garde film by today's standards.

    Man, this is a tight, entertaining little 100-minute piece of nastiness. The one real misstep was casting a lightweight Josh Hartnett lookalike as Bronson's partner. (Obviously Hartnett was not around when this film was made, I'm just saying. Once you see it you can't unsee it.)

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

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

    Did Cliff do it?

    Murder his wife, I mean. There's an intentional ambiguity to the question, an open-endedness. After all, we never see him pull the trigger on that speargun, even if we see his finger curled around it in violation of gun safety etiquette. Kurt Russell's character seems to think he did, as do others on the set of THE GREEN HORNET. Rick, on the other hand, brushes that aside as nonsense. An unfair pejorative slapped on a war…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    People who watch this and ISLE OF DOGS and persist in arguing that Wes Anderson is concerned with nothing more than parochial upper-middle class concerns or a twee dork plying with dollhouses can safely be ignored. He’s addressing civilizational evils and doing so in a manner that jibes cleanly with the personal style he has developed and mastered. 

    Also: It strikes me as weird that he followed up a heavily stylized movie about war in Europe set (mostly) decades before…