Drama

Marriage Story

Marriage Story

I recall someone saying that they should technically call this Divorce Story. Accurate. And then someone else I know asked why in the hell anyone would want to watch a...
The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Ms. Hipster read The Goldfinch some time ago. So did like half the planet. It seems, on the surface, like something I'd enjoy. But she and almost every review I read...
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 haven't...
The Descendants

The Descendants

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 awkwardly in topsiders and some...
Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

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 directed popular some pretty...
Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone

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 27 kids and domestic pick-up...
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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 Street back in '86, and now this...
Gran Torino

Gran Torino

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 supposed to like. That's just the...
The Savages

The Savages

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 no conflict, really, beyond...
You Can Count On Me

You Can Count On Me

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 film festival awards. After...
Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

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't realize I was speaking...
Crash

Crash

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 even once throwing b...
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

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 get. The beginning scene didn't...