Browsing all articles from December, 2017.

I, Tonya

I, Tonya 

* * The gauche horror show that is I, Tonya is primarily one of smug condescension. How funny you find this blunt, coercive movie—which, by the way, finds itself a stitch—will determine how much you enjoy movies that revel in contempt. That Margot Robbie—as the titular, would-be Olympic princess who couldn’t overcome her milieu of […]

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Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name 

* * * * The crown movie jewel of 2017, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name is a masterpiece of first love and heartbreak and an immediate classic, one of the best pictures ever made about the coming of age of a teenaged boy and of such ravishing beauty it almost makes your heart […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

* * 1/2 A rousing entry in the Star Wars saga, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is a solid series installment and a tad better follow-up to 2015’s modestly fun J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That picture, with its feminist, Luke Skywalker stand-in, played by a scrappy Daisy Ridley, and […]

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The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist 

* * * 1/2 James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is an unexpectedly near-great movie and one of the funniest pictures ever made about the process of making movies. In telling its loopy, endearing tale of ambition minus talent in Hollywood—of which there’s certainly no shortage—it manages to lampoon both moviemaking and the artistic ego, painted as […]

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