Film Reviews

‘The Shape of Water’ Has Soft, Sparkling Edges and Grand Exuberance

Actor Sally Hawkins is a big draw, her physically expressive performance well matched to the role of someone who communicates sans speech. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘In the Fade’ Is an Indictment of Hate and Xenophobia

This chilling film about intolerance has renewed relevance in the age of Trump. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Entertains yet Leaves You Wanting More

The second film explores the spiritual side of the Force as characters retreat and regroup. Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘The Disaster Artist’ Is a Study in Human Pathos

James Franco nails the balance of control and excess the role requires, while Dave Franco is the perfect earnest, trusting foil. Read story.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

‘The Breadwinner’ Is Anguished and Charming Film About Life Under Taliban Rule

Hardships are laid out in a tapestry of sweet, fable-like storytelling and the harsh realities of the day. Read story.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Year’s Best Film

With astute insights, incredible cinematography, and a powerhouse performance, the film is sure to be in line for an Oscar. Read story.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Reviewed | ‘BPM (Beats per Minute)’

Film conveys a historical slice of life in the AIDS struggle with a strong, supple cinematic voice. Read story.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Reviewed | ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Kenneth Branagh’s film isn’t a nuanced character drama, but offers a fun puzzle for Agatha Christie fans. Read story.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Reviewed | ‘Wonderstruck’

The plot moves along so slowly that it is difficult to feel any connection to the subjects. Read story.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Reviewed | ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

The film plays out with the inevitability and perversity of a classical tragedy. Read story.

Monday, November 13, 2017

‘The Square’

The illuminating, sly, and beautifully made film is a must-see in S.B.'s suddenly busy art-house scene. Read story.

Friday, November 10, 2017

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Captures A.A. Milne’s Emotional Damage

There are tender moments of father-son bonding, but this film is really about absentee-parenting, emotional manipulation, and the exploitation of a boy’s childhood. Read story.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Reviewed | 'The Florida Project'

Director Sean Baker’s slice-of-life film focuses on poverty in the U.S. Read story.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Reviewed: 'Blade Runner 2049'

The sequel presents a bleak vision of the future with a stunning command of space and scale. Read story.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reviewed: ‘Loving Vincent’

Film is an artistic masterpiece. Read story.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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