The world of Isle of Dogs is ruled by cat lovers which, as you would imagine, is incredibly inconvenient for all the dutiful dogs who make Megasaki City their home. Another problem is the dog flu, which, if the frightening feline friends are to be believed, has infected every dog in this dangerous, dystopian world. […]

As affecting as it is beautifully constructed, ‘Indian Horse’ is a landmark in Canadian film. At first it seems like it might be a documentary. Cinematographer Yves Bélanger’s beautiful, calm camera work suggests Indian Horse is firmly grounded, entirely occuring in one place over a few years. It’s not. Soon we’ll become unstuck in time […]

“Me? No, I’ve never smashed a kneecap”– Tonya Harding, potential kneecap smasher Early in the film, Tonya’s mother LaVona (a delightfully nasty Allison Janney) compares Tonya to a flower; herself she calls a gardener. With the right gardener, a flower can bloom into someone special. But Tonya, played by a pitch perfect Margot Robbie, needs […]

What happens when you sideline the important plot points? A disastrous narrative experiment. A note on spoilers: There isn’t much important plot in Happy End. I mention perhaps the only major point in this review. It’s the inciting incident, so I feel comfortable discussing it – but be warned, ye who enter here: there be […]

Tim Burton’s fairy tale can’t draw blood, but it leaves its mark. Fairy tales can be hard to pin down. They don’t aspire to fulfill basic narrative expectations like pacing or logical character motivations: Why does the Witch want to eat Hansel and Gretel? Well, uh, because that’s what witches do, I guess. Edward Scissorhands […]

We need to talk about tasteless, dangerous aestheticization of age differences in queer cinema. Call Me by Your Name lands in a strange time in Queer cinema; the film doesn’t do anything new, innovative or very exciting. It’s potentially the first in a new wave of queer romance films. Following the groundbreaking Moonlight (2016), Carol […]

An intellectually limp, ultimately unsatisfying account of Weiner’s self-aggrandizing. I can’t help but feel like I’m not the intended audience for Weiner. This documentary is laser-focused on Anthony Weiner, who is the eye of a complex, sexually charged storm. He’s clearly an important part of the story, but is nothing compared to the swirling winds […]

A haunting, deeply terrible, no good, very bad movie that haunts me to this day. Spare yourself. I can confirm that the phrase “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” is, as Dante said, inscribed above the gates of hell. How do I know? I was there. From 7:00 p.m. until about 8:30. But he […]

It’s a shallow cash grab! Shallow! You’re tearing me apart, Franco! Following any discussion around The Disaster Artist in any way requires context. It is a dramatization of the book written by Greg Sestero that chronicles the making of The Room, a 2003 drama starring Tommy Wiseau and Sestero. The Room is, according to its […]