SICARIO Review – ***½

After impressing me greatly with the haunting Prisoners and the marvelously maddening Enemy, I was eager to see what Denis Villeneuve would do next. Then, this opened at Cannes, to solid but not outstanding reviews, and the trailers failed to truly excite me. So my level of anticipation dropped accordingly. Then subsequent reviews proved more favorable, so much…

EVEREST Review – ****

Everest is not a film that inspires extended commentary, at least for those who are not mountaineers, armchair or otherwise. That’s not because it’s a bad film, though–indeed, despite the somewhat muted (if ultimately positive) reviews, it’s a very good example of a true spectacle, a film designed for the IMAX 3D experience, which for its…

INHERENT VICE Review – ****

This could be one of the easiest or one of the most difficult reviews I’ve yet written. Inherent Vice is the kind of film which cares less about making sense than you might think, a film which plunges into a world where the 60s are curdling into the 70s, where free love isn’t so free, where the…

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review – **

I didn’t get to see the original Sin City in theaters, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it beginning to end–but I know of its painstaking stylization, its grotesque violence, its gruesomely tragic characters. I liked it. But when the sequel was announced, and delayed and delayed, finally being pushed back from last October to last…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Review – ****

Been a while since I’ve posted anything, I know. Luckily, in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s such a well-known film (and not one that requires extensive summarizing or analysis) that I don’t have to write one of my usual 2500-word missives about it (and I know your heart breaks to hear that). I…