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...

Under the Lights

As the actor and singer Judy Garland, Renee Zellwegger is held in tight closeup: a bundle of nerves dosing herself with pills, mouth crooked...

Benign Shadows

New York writer and performer Awkwafina played the Eve Arden part in Crazy Rich Asians. Blonde of wig and husky of voice, her wacky...

Bon Voyage

Maiden, a documentary about the first all-female yacht crew to participate in the Whitbread Race in 1989-90, dwells upon the emotional state of the...

Force of Nature

If there’s one sad thing historians know about official histories, it’s that success has a thousand fathers … but few mothers. From the days...

Spider-Man Abroad

It’s not yet July 4th, and audiences can already experience Summer Movie Leakage. Spider-Man: Far From Home commences with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)...

One 4 All

Nobody today knows how to drill into childhood trauma like Pixar, to find the nerves connected to an empty-nest parent’s anxieties, or to the...

The Lizard King

What’s killing the cinema, #448 in a series: not enough exclamation points in titles, a clear proof of lack of confidence. And bring back...