Richard Von Busack

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Rise & Fall

As you’re composing yourself after the brassy blast of John Williams’ theme song with its 42 years of weight behind it, here comes the...
Shia LaBeouf Honey Boy

Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ has issues

Actor plays his own dad in uneven biopic Plagiarists deserve no quarter, particularly plagiarists who plagiarize their apology for plagiarism. But if we can trust...

Sharp Mystery

Middling, but not without surprises, Knives Out is Rian Johnson’s mystery about a group of greedy heirs in ugly holiday sweaters. They’re the descendants of...

Lie To Me

Aging performers can be sad to watch. Right when they should be doing the best work of their careers, they’re playing wise codgers and...

Tick…Tock…Tick

The Watchmen on HBO is perhaps the Age of Streaming’s most drastic departure from its source. Showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost) defies the boy-lit stereotypes...

Evil Never Sleeps

The best parts in Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining (1980), do without Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King’s sense of gigantism. It’s not...

Children’s Crusade

Some people are going to hate Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit like they haven’t hated anything since Life is Beautiful, and understandably some will argue...

Breaking Away

The millions who watched El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie when it premiered on Netflix on Oct. 11 had a strange experience; they learned...

Chuckleburg

Do a film autopsy on Todd Phillips’ Joker, and you might find most of the DNA stems from two Martin Scorsese films, Taxi Driver...

Stay Gold

Director Nancy Kelly has been at her craft long enough to see her only feature film, Thousand Pieces of Gold (1990), come to life...
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