A Place on Earth: On Black Mirror‘s Standout Episode, “San Junipero”

In this world we’re just beginning To understand the miracle of living Baby I was afraid before But I’m not afraid anymore -Belinda Carlisle, “Heaven is a Place on Earth” The less you know going into “San Junipero” the better, even if you suspect Black Mirror Read More …

A High-Functioning Autistic Man Reviews The Accountant

I’m Chuck Winters, I’m on the spectrum, and the concept of this movie—an emotionally charged thriller with an autistic lead character from the director of Warrior—was pulled directly from fantasies I didn’t even know I had. Nice to meet you. Let’s get a couple of Read More …

Storks is a Baby Crazy Cartoon Caper [Review]

Nicholas Stoller is so blisteringly talented he can make a pop culture joke in an animated kids film work. It’s not that there’s some great story to the film itself giving him the leeway, although there’s a clever idea here about storks giving up baby Read More …

Joe Swanberg Makes it Look Easy in his New Netflix Series

Easy is an appropriate title for Netflix’s latest: A modest, introspective cocktail hour of a show that will lead into the all-night rager that is Luke Cage. Created by mumblecore maven Joe Swanberg (Digging For Fire, Drinking Buddies, Hannah Takes the Stairs), each episode of the anthology Read More …

Calm Down, Movies Aren’t Dying

Have you read this bullshit? It doesn’t seem like a lot of people on Film Twitter have, and yet, somehow, the collective jerk-off motion they made last Saturday over Ty Burr’s opening sentence in his Boston Globe op-ed—”Someday we may look back on 2016 as Read More …

The Infiltrator is a No Frills, High Thrills Potboiler [Review]

Brad Furman does familiar stories well. When you watch a movie like The Lincoln Lawyer (which I will immediately pop on after I finish this review) or Runner, Runner (which I actually kinda liked, but once was enough), chances are you’re not watching to find Read More …

The Disappointing Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Needs a Better Script

It took two-thirds of the movie for me to figure out what was bothering me about Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. It didn’t have much to do with my sense of good taste being offended, to be honest. Primarily, I felt that there were Read More …