“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

“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

“The Shape of Water” is a Stunningly Beautiful Fantasy Film

“The Shape of Water” is written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and stars Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer. The film is about a mute cleaning lady in a 1960s research facility who becomes involved in a surprising relationship with the subject that is being tested on within the facility, and … More “The Shape of Water” is a Stunningly Beautiful Fantasy Film

“Lady Bird” is Brilliantly Quirky

“Lady Bird” is written and directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, and Beanie Feldstein. The film is about a high school girl who has named herself Lady Bird, and the struggles that she deals with involving college, friendships, romance, and being very different inside of her own community. A24 … More “Lady Bird” is Brilliantly Quirky

“The Big Sick” is the Best Romantic Comedy in Years

“The Big Sick” is directed by Michael Showalter and stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano.  The film is based on the true story of how Kumail met his real life wife, Emily Gordon, and the struggles that they both faced regarding Kumail’s family and Emily’s sudden illness that put her into … More “The Big Sick” is the Best Romantic Comedy in Years

“Fifty Shades Darker”: An Improved, But Lackluster Sequel

“Fifty Shades Darker” is directed by James Foley and stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and Eric Johnson.  The film is the second in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy that is based on the books by E.L. James, and is about the continuing struggle for Anastasia to get close to Christian, as she now must not only … More “Fifty Shades Darker”: An Improved, But Lackluster Sequel