“Phantom Thread”: Outstanding Performances with Boring Execution

“Phantom Thread” is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville. The film is about a talented dressmaker who finds a young waitress that he begins to fall in love with, while also using her as the muse for his work. This has been a film I’ve … More “Phantom Thread”: Outstanding Performances with Boring Execution

“The Post” is Exhilarating and Brilliantly Acted

“The Post” is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Bob Odenkirk. The film is about the true story of the Washington Post, and the battle between the publisher, the editor, and the US government on whether or not to run a story against a series of presidents who covered up … More “The Post” is Exhilarating and Brilliantly Acted

“I, Tonya” is Frantic, Exciting, and Absolutely Brilliant

“I, Tonya” is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and Paul Walter Hauser. The movie is based on the life story of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and her rough upbringing in a usually high-class sport, which inevitably led to the brutal incident involving Nancy Kerrigan right before the … More “I, Tonya” is Frantic, Exciting, and Absolutely Brilliant

“The Greatest Showman” is Joyful, but Undemanding Entertainment

“The Greatest Showman” is directed by Michael Gracey and stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson. The movie is based on the true story of P.T. Barnum and how he turned his poverty into success from the idea of making the most unique people in the world into a spectacle. I … More “The Greatest Showman” is Joyful, but Undemanding Entertainment

“Call Me by Your Name” is a Beautiful and Important Film

“Call Me by Your Name” is directed by Luca Guadagnino and stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film is based on the novel by André Aciman of the same name and is about a 17-year-old named Elio whose relationship with his father’s research assistant becomes very complex as he spends a summer … More “Call Me by Your Name” is a Beautiful and Important Film

“Father Figures” is a Dumpster Fire with No Comedy and Terrible Drama

“Father Figures” is directed by Lawrence Sher and stars Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, and Glenn Close. The movie is about two brothers who go in search of their real father after their mother reveals to them that she lied about their father’s true identity for numerous years. I didn’t have much excitement going into this … More “Father Figures” is a Dumpster Fire with No Comedy and Terrible Drama

“Downsizing” Completely Botches a Terrific Concept

“Downsizing” is directed by Alexander Payne and stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, and Hong Chau. The film is about a world where Earth is facing brutal problems with global warming and pollution, so a science comes out that allows people to shrink to very small sizes, where they can have a new, improved … More “Downsizing” Completely Botches a Terrific Concept