Flammable Romance

The two-woman, huntress-gets-captured-by-the-game romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire offers a lot, particularly ravishing color that makes the actresses look like...

Oscar-nominated animated shorts screen together

Get out your handkerchiefs, because rich tales of sadness constitute this year’s selection of Oscar animated shorts—cancer, Alzheimer’s and mistreated animals are among the...

‘Aeronauts’ keeps its head in the clouds

The gallant and thrilling The Aeronauts bypasses the problem of telling an adventure story about Victorians with large beards by making a romantic fiction...

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...

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...

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...

Solid Gold

The spice, sweetness and sadness of life is keener now in the 4K restoration of two of Les Blank’s documentaries, Chulas Fronteras...

Clowning Around

Stephen King once described the film version of Cujo (1981) as “a big, dumb Sonny Liston of a movie.” He was referring to a...

Bee Natural

Like Sweetgrass before it, Honeyland drops you into the old rural ways. Documentary directors Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov spent three years filming the...

Turn Out the Lights

Viewers with complaints about the whiteness and apoliticality of Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood may feel a bit relieved with the way Scary Stories...