“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” review: The Fall of a Franchise

My dad took me to a little theater in Westbrook, Connecticut in 1977 to see Star Wars. My parents were not movie people, and I always had to beg them to take me. The near hour-long drive to any movie theater provided a serious obstacle. But take me he did. Even at ten I was… Continue reading “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” review: The Fall of a Franchise

Marriage Story is a Glorious and Candid Tribute to Love

I arrived at the theater alone, bought my ticket, and took my seat. Nitehawk Cinema, the Prospect Park location, is the kind of theater that serves food and drinks and the chairs are set up in pairs, each pair sharing a mini table. I usually see movies alone, so this wasn’t the first time the… Continue reading Marriage Story is a Glorious and Candid Tribute to Love

The Dead Don’t Die is Very Alive

The Dead Don’t Die hits the coffin-nail on the head with a sledgehammer in the absolute funniest and most skewering way. Jim Jarmusch’s recent horror comedy is about as subtle as a yellow-jacket sting. He goes after … well, all of us. Polar Fracking has caused the Earth to shift on its axis, not causing… Continue reading The Dead Don’t Die is Very Alive

Logan Lucky’s Solid Performances Make A Clichéd Plot Fun

SAMUEL RUSSELL: Critics seem to love Steven Soderbergh. I personally don’t have too much of an opinion on the guy. I saw the Oceans movies when they were in theaters, but hardly remember them at this point, and I saw Magic Mike, which I remember feeling underwhelmed by. Logan Lucky apparently marks a return from… Continue reading Logan Lucky’s Solid Performances Make A Clichéd Plot Fun

Paterson Is Okay With Being Okay

Paterson has many elements I love to find in a film: a commitment to exploring mundane, everyday life, and dry humor. Paterson has tremendously little plot. Jim Jarmusch’s previous film Only Lovers Left Alive is similarly plotless. The filmmaker clearly favors character over narrative. However where Only Lovers’ plotlessness is deliberately slow, Paterson proceeds at… Continue reading Paterson Is Okay With Being Okay