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,...

Lifesaver

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016, the news was greeted by some with the retort that, if the Swedes...

Make ’em Laugh

Jon S. Baird’s biopic Stan & Ollie has a certain inflationary quality, regarding the appeal of a comedy team in their sunset years. But...

Bloc Buster

Every shot is thrilling in Cold War, Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to 2013’s Ida. Like Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Cold War is an...

The Lovers

Consider If Beale Street Could Talk as a Romeo and Juliet story in which white repression is the force keeping true lovers apart.Twenty-two-year-old Fonny,...

Final Cut

Top ten films of 2018: Roma, Active Measures, Black KkKlansman, Black Panther, Cold War, First Reformed, The Other Side of the Wind, Sorry to...

Under the Sea

The problem with using Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces as a template for a movie is that you can’t use every one...