Category: 3.5/4

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Black Panther [2018] ★★★½

 There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Marvel’s latest superhero movie “Black Panther”, and now that I’ve finally seen it, I can genuinely say that the hype is truly justified. This is one of the finest superhero films I’ve ever seen: visually stunning, sharply-written, and directed with a […]

Call Me By Your Name [2017] ★★★½

 Luca Guadagnino’s devastating and unforgettable “Call Me By Your Name” hits you like a shot in the heart. In detailing the relationship between  17-year-old Elio Perlman (a wonderful Timothée Chalamet) and an older man (Armie Hammer) during the summer of 1983, Guadagnino takes us on a roller coaster ride of […]

The Shape Of Water [2017] ★★★½

 Guillermo Del Toro makes movies like no other filmmaker. If you’ve seen “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”, you probably know the scale of his vision. But nothing could have prepared me for his latest masterpiece: a beautifully crafted, visually stunning love letter to cinema that ranks among […]

Lady Bird [2017] ★★★½

 Coming-of-age movies have been around since forever, hitting their peak in the 1980’s with such movies as “Breakfast Club” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. Even Richard Linklater’s masterful “Boyhood” explored that part of adolescence with a keen eye for detail. Is there room for more? The answer […]

Coco [2017] ★★★½

 I feel bad for missing out on “Coco” on the week of its release, but now that I’ve seen it I can finally weigh in on this extraordinary film from Disney/Pixar. The concept itself is unprecedented, which makes “Coco” even more original than any animated film I’ve seen […]

Stronger [2017] ★★★½

“Stronger” may be a Hollywood product, but it is absolutely real, and certainly one of the year’s finest films. It’s also a perfect showcase for Jake Gyllenhaal, who delivers one of the best performances of his career, playing Jeff Bauman, a 28 year-old Boston man who lost both […]