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Concussion (2015)

Concussion (2015)

A clear narrative pattern develops throughout Concussion by which the film viciously and relentlessly exposes the potential horrors an average NFL career can exhibit on a Read More

Joy

Joy

Joy is the kind of mythic tale of a heroic spitfire that should force us to stand up and cheer by the end. It’s curious, then, Read More

Spotlight

Spotlight

One could posit – and many have – that print journalism is dead, its power sapped by the up-to-the-minute availability of digital media, its reach blunted Read More

Room

Room

There is enough weight in the surface premise of Room to carry a film on its own. A young woman is held captive in a tight Read More

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

There is the bright-eyed, boundless adventurer version of Steven Spielberg and the classical, historically reverent version of Steven Spielberg. Both are relentlessly old-fashioned, almost Rockwellian in Read More

The Walk

The Walk

The Walk is split into two disparate halves – the half Robert Zemeckis passionately wanted to make, and the half he had to make in order Read More

The Intern

The Intern

The Intern is that quintessential Nancy Meyers film, so identifiable that it feels like it was made from a template. The cast is led by an Read More

Sicario

Sicario

There is so much to admire in Sicario that it seems wrong to confess I could never fully engage with it. I kept trying to find Read More

Everest

Everest

There is one – just one – sequence in the first act of Everest that cuts directly to the core of the film’s humanity. In the Read More

American Ultra

American Ultra

American Ultra is a fun, creative little lark of a movie… that also frequently takes dark detours and mires in nasty ultraviolence. It’s a bit of Read More

Vacation (2015)

Vacation (2015)

In this era of incessant sequels and long-dormant reboots of classic franchises, the common response from those of us who starve for originality is to ask Read More

Pixels

Pixels

Pixels is about as entertaining as a video game-based action comedy produced by and starring Adam Sandler can be. That is to say, working from a Read More

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Failure seemed imminent on Ant-Man after Edgar Wright, the man whose skewed perspective, anarchic sense of humor, and whiz-bang visual style promised to breathe vibrant life Read More

Felt

Felt

Felt is a filmic exercise in which the “narrative,” inasmuch as one even exists, is so embedded in the film’s formal properties that it becomes futile Read More

Inside Out

Inside Out

When the Pixar team is firing on all cylinders, the resulting films are state-of-the-art and revolutionary, both in terms of the visual immersion and the emotional Read More