Arrival is one of those rare films that are simply perfect the way they are. Every time I see it I am astounded all over again at how a film can be so profoundly clever and emotionally touching at the same time.
Antonio Banderas shines with an understated performance in Pain and Glory, a self-reflective study in nostalgia.
God’s Own Country is harsh, but it is also tender, and it’s all the more affecting because it finds hope and love not in a fairy tale but in a story that feels real and lived in. I am sorry I missed it when it came out, because I feel like I lost valuable time where I could have been thinking about it.
If you haven’t seen Parasite, and you’re here because you’re planning to: I envy you, because you’re about to go on a wild ride.
Booksmart is everything a teen comedy could ever aspire to be: it’s razor sharp, it’s quick on its feet, it’s full of love and tenderness, it’s original, it’s uplifting, and as if that wasn’t enough, yes, it is a comedy, and it’s hilarious. Olivia Wilde directed a treasure of a movie, and you cannot watch it soon enough.
The less you know about Us, the better; trust that it is terrifying and brilliant, go, and suffer well.
The Favourite is unabashedly modern, it has sharp teeth, and it is outrageous in all the best ways.
Eighth Grade has distilled the essence of what it’s like to be a teenager, with its painful awkwardness but also with tenderness and love.
Shoplifters focuses its observant gaze on an accidental family, living on the fringes of society, around us but unseen by us.
Into the Spider-Verse is a breakthrough in style and imagination, the most fun you’ll have at the theater this year.