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...

The Walking Meh

Like the zombies it depicts, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die is dead on its feet and ambles toward no clear destination. The existential...

Shaft’s Big Burn

Shaft is supposed to be about a black private dick, not a shtick about his privates. This catastrophicreboot insists that we won’t...

Piano Man

So Rocketman commences with Elton John (Taron Egerton), dressed in a pomegranate-hued devil costume, striding toward a circle of metal folding chairs. In recovery...

Rio Bravo

The lunatic proposal to wall off America’s southern border from sea to sea is a waste of both time and treasure.The implications of this...

Final Fight

Like many others at the end of a life of violence, the would-be demiurge Thanos has retired to the country. His new planet looks...

The Magic Word

Mostly satisfying, often juvenile, Shazam is a Christmas-in-Easter superhero origin story. It’s Xmas in Philadelphia. Young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is brought via subway...