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...

The Busy Season

Among this summer’s cascade of moving images, there’s one fun coincidence: a reboot of Child’s Play opening the same late-June weekend as Pixar’s Toy...

Quite Contrary

The Eastertide story Mary Magdalene has an underpowered Rooney Mara in the title role as a girl of the lonely fisher-village of Magdala. She...

Trunk Sale

Aside from some gross racial caricaturing the original Dumbo (1941) is an unusually hand-made cartoon. Here in 64 minutes is not just the elephant...

Run Rabbit Run

Break out your decoder rings; the flawed but intriguing Us’s political subtleness is hidden by its straightforward terror. Among other things, Jordan Peele’s followup...

Life During Wartime

After the end of the world, the lights are still bright in Chicago’s Loop; there’s a veneer of normalcy, as long as you’re in...

Poisoned Milk

New in New York, poor, callow Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) is just out of Smith College and devastated by her mother’s untimely death, when...

Awards Plight

First, they came for the dweebs, and I said nothing: one savors the Oscar shuffle over whether or not cinematographers and editors are going...

Forecast for Love

In his New York Times pan of Mark Dery’s excellent biography of Edward Gorey, critic Robert Gottlieb complained that Dery described a favorite film...

Paths of Glory

How well can cinema help us understand something as inconceivable as a war? That’s the problem with the remarkable They Shall Not Grow Old,...