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Above and beyond everything else, The Other is an exceptionally smart film. Not intelligent; smart. It does a superb job of manipulating and guiding its viewer, not just through Thomas Tryon’s script (adapted from his own novel), but through the way it keeps dodging the stylistic norms of its genre. To look at the script, […]

The most interesting thing I could come up with for The Last Thing He Wanted, a movie whose main thing is that it’s not interesting in any way, is that I’m pretty sure Anne Hathaway isn’t wearing any make-up for most of it. Or at least, she’s wearing make-up that’s designed to make her look […]

As is generally true of movies that kick up Controversy In The Discourse, The Hunt is not in the remotest way worthy of that much attention, so I’m not even going to bother recapping all of that. Instead, let’s just dive into the movie itself. Only let us dive very carefully, for it is extremely […]

It’s early yet, but I wouldn’t be even a little bit surprised if The Lodge ends up being the most frustrating film I see in 2020. The film starts off amazingly well, with some unexpected and slithery character work, handing off the storytelling perspective from one character to another with absolutely no finesse, but so […]

The new version of The Invisible Man – produced by Blumhouse for Universal Pictures, which isn’t really re-adapting H.G. Wells’s 1897 novel nor re-making its own 1933 picture, but relying on brand recognition for a brand-new thing, and would that all brand recognition was handled with this much care and thoughtfulness – is rather damn […]

Did The Rhythm Section deserve to set the grotesque record of having the worst opening weekend at the box office for any film to open in more than 3000 theaters? If we mean “deserve” in the sense of it being the worst film to open in more than 3000 theaters, or the one with the […]

Depending on how you count the intermissions that are baked right into the print – there are five of them, all about 15 minutes in length – La Flor is anywhere from about 13.5 hours long to a bit less than 15 hours long. This is, of course The Big Fact about the film that […]

The stink of having been shot almost three years before it finally saw the light of a commercial release hangs over Underwater like a fart in church. It’s not exactly the film’s fault – part of the delay is because the 20th Century Fox release got tangled up in that company’s acquisition by the Walt […]

The knowledge that the second feature by Nicolas Pesce, who directed The Eyes of My Mother, is an adaptation of a novel by Murakami Ryu, who wrote Audition, should be enough to give absolutely even the most stalwart among us pause for a moment. For those are two monumentally fucked-up, bleak stories about the depths […]

Indie filmmaking brothers Josh and Benny Safdie came up with the story for Uncut Gems many years before they finally made, when they were still just a pair of New York microbudget directors, long before they first broke through with very hip critics with 2014’s Heaven Knows What and then broke through with the other […]

Anna Seghers’s 1944 novel Transit is a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of the paranoid life of refugees in Nazi-occupied Marseille in 1942, telling the story of the constant feeling of danger and despair on the part of people clustered in the last escape hatch from an increasingly locked-down Europe. Christian Petzold’s 2018 adaptation of the novel is… […]