"Sly," which takes a movie lover’s journey through Stallone’s career, shows you how he continued to shape his image onscreen, and how much of our blockbuster culture he created.
‘Knox Goes Away’ Review: Michael Keaton Directs and Stars in an Entrancing Thriller About a Hit Man with Dementia
Keaton, in every scene, blends execution with humanity.
‘His Three Daughters’ Review: Director Azazel Jacobs Proves He’s Major in a Family Saga Starring Carrie Coon, Elizabeth Olsen and Natasha Lyonne
"His Three Daughters" always feel like a work of cinema. The exchanges hold and even rivet us
‘Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero’ Review: A Concert Film Captures the Scrappy Grandeur of Lil Nas X Onstage, Revealing Who He Is
You know you’re watching a true pop star when that person’s identity — their very existence — smashes boundaries. Elvis Presley was a country boy who mixed country and rockabilly and the blues, and with his sneer and black hair and mascara he looked like no human had ever looked before. Prince was a one-man […]
‘Dumb Money’ Review: In Craig Gillespie’s Brashly Entertaining Finance Saga, Paul Dano Plays the Nerd Who Led the GameStop ‘Revolution’
A lot of the young men who became stock traders in the 1980s saw themselves as rebels. With their Porsches and drugs and (by the decade’s end) their idolization of Gordon Gekko, they put the kill into making a killing. They were the new swingers of greed. Of course, they weren’t really rebels, but it […]
‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’ Review: William Friedkin’s Final Film Is Minor, But His Conviction Shines Through
Is it a good movie? It’s the definition of no frills: one set (the courtroom), head-on lighting, shot language and editing that walk the line between elegant and minimal.
‘Priscilla’ Review: Sofia Coppola’s Piercingly Authentic Inside Drama About the Troubled Love Story of Priscilla and Elvis Presley
At moments you may think: Where are the arcs? But the arc is the whole movie — the tale of how the ebullient, soft-voiced rock ‘n’ roll idol who Priscilla thought she was falling in love with evolved into a pathological personality, and maybe he always was.
‘Comandante’ Review: Venice Opens with a WWII Submarine Film That Salutes a Momentous Act of Italian Heroism
"Comandante," in its honorable and slightly gloomy way, has been conceived as the delivery system for a humanitarian message.
How Does ‘The Blind Side’ Look in Light of Michael Oher’s Lawsuit? Even More Fake Than It Did Before
It’s a clockwork ritual of awards season. A movie in contention, one based on a true story, will be dinged for presenting a version of reality that isn’t real enough. The critical chatter often starts on Twitter, but it can come from anywhere, ultimately spreading to the mainstream media (by the time there’s a New […]
On July 19, the MPA ratings board handed an NC-17 rating to “Passages,” Ira Sachs’s acclaimed drama about a very unusual love triangle (a man, a woman, and a megalomaniacal romantic sociopath). The film was set to be released just two weeks later; Sachs and his distributor, MUBI, were understandably upset. The scene that triggered […]