Drama

The Florida Project

The Florida Project

I hate Florida. No, seriously, it’s a canker in the mouth of the United States and its general culture needs to be destroyed. Although, to be fair, it has provided...
First Reformed

First Reformed

Holy Jesus! No, seriously, holy Jesus. I had no idea this movie was a thing until some end-of-year list wrap-ups that mentioned a shockingly good performance from...
The Book of Henry

The Book of Henry

Sometimes I like to watch poorly reviewed movies jut to see what all the hubbub is about. Usually I can find redeeming qualities even in the rottenest of tomatoes...
Whiplash

Whiplash

Let me start by saying that I resisted seeing this movie for quite a while. Despite all the awards and praise and the 1001 people who were like, "Oh my god, you...
The Descendants

The Descendants

Rating:  You'd think watching the trailers for this one that it was a slapstick comedy. After all, you have that clip of George Clooney running awkwa...
Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

Rating:  Ambition sometimes has its limits. I'm not even sure what that means, really, but in this case it seems to apply. Jonathan Demme, who has di...
Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone

Rating:  Hillbillies are funny. They’re all “kin this” and “kin that” and they all have skinny dogs chained to their sheds and cook meth and have like ...
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Rating:   A film for our time. A film out of time. A film from another time. All could describe, or have been used to describe, both the first Wall Str...
Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Rating:  I often don't agree with my parents' taste in movies. They tend to like movies they're supposed to like and not like movies they're not suppos...
The Savages

The Savages

Rating:  This is what I would call a "quiet" movie. The tone and tenor never really changes throughout, there are no sharp edges, no abrupt turns and...
You Can Count On Me

You Can Count On Me

Rating:  I can't say I was overly excited to watch this film the night I snatched it off of the video store shelf--despite it winning all those fancy f...
Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Rating:  And your mother too! I guess that's some sort of fancy Mexican insult. I was always a fan of '¡la tuya!,' but more often than not people didn'...
Crash

Crash

Rating:  I haven't been this torn about a movie in quite a while. I was actually rather enjoying it until I spotted Ms. Hipster rolling her eyes and ...
The Secret Lives of Dentists

The Secret Lives of Dentists

Rating:  Well, the title is intriguing, right? What's not intriguing is Campbell Scott's mustache. That thing is just plain creepy. The funny thing i...
Magnolia

Magnolia

Rating:  From its first beat, Magnolia is a complex work of both glorious fantasy and stupefying reality. Harry Nillson's "One," covered perfectly by...
Affliction

Affliction

Rating:  Sometimes films just try too hard. Thus is the case with Affliction, a movie that beats us over the head with a message I'm not quite sure I g...