Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi is very much its own entity, exploring new routes as it teases out themes that have always been present in the Skywalker saga. In the debit column, it’s also a tad bloated, and it contains an almost risible number of false endings —

Review: Coco

Coco opens by following the traditional toon template of a person following their dreams against all odds, but once Miguel reaches the Land of the Dead, the movie deepens in satisfying and even unexpected ways.

Review: Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying is proudly pro-soldier and anti-war, and real American patriots will grasp it at once.

Review: Justice League

Gal Gadot again ends up as a saving grace, and she also figures at the center of one of the few action sequences (a bank robbery) that’s exciting rather than cumbersome.

Review: Murder on the Orient Express

As director, Branagh makes some lamentable decisions, trying to frame a couple of moments as action set-pieces and elsewhere adopting strange camera angles that call awkward attention upon themselves. This is especially true of the murder sequence, which Branagh grotesquely stages as if he were auditioning to direct a remake of Carnival of Souls.

Review: The Shape of Water

From the decadence of a romantic opera-style theatre to the pastels and pie displays of a midcentury diner to the steely government labs, The Shape of Water is a love letter to the Cold War era.

Review: I, Tonya

Margot Robbie skillfully embraces the skater's vulnerability without ever showing her as pathetic; Harding's innate competitor’s pride and defiant spirit remain throughout, and that’s what always made Harding such a compelling figure.

Review: Frankenstein

One of the many unique aspects of this adaptation of the classic story by Mary Shelley is that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller have the capacity to trade roles as the eponymous scientist and his troubled creation, each actor knowing the lines of each character and fully versed in each role. In this showing on Halloween night at the Lucas, we got the treat of Cumberbatch himself as the Creature. It is, quite simply, the performance of a lifetime.

Review: Downsizing

Matt Damon along with the eerily comedic cast portray the lengths gone to achieve the goals of consumerism.

Review: Beatriz At Dinner

Throughout the film, small doses of magical realism soften the edges of its harsh and timely reality. As predator chases prey and cancer eats away, any shred of tenderness and compassion from a dinner guest is welcome, but often disappoints.

Sir Patrick Stewart entertains and enlightens in SCAD Savannah Film Fest Q&A

“I thought if Hugh Jackman can cry then I certainly can. I let it out, too,” Stewart laughed.


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