film critic, NY Times; author of BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRITICISM from @penguinpress

Review: ‘Ricki and the Flash’ Puts Meryl Streep Behind a Telecaster

Review: ‘Ricki and the Flash’ Puts Meryl Streep Behind a Telecaster
nytimes.com — "Ricki and the Flash," a gentle-hearted baby boomer guilt-trip family drama directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, is bookended by two musical performances from the rock 'n' roll bar band that gives the movie its name.

Review: ‘Fantastic Four,’ the Reboot (Wanted or Not)

Review: ‘Fantastic Four,’ the Reboot (Wanted or Not)
nytimes.com — The opening scenes of "Fantastic Four" - 20th Century Fox's reboot of its Marvel superhero franchise - take place in 2007, which happens to be the year that the second movie in the prerebooted franchise ("Rise of the Silver Surfer") was released.

Review: From Israel, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ a Drama About Poetry and Obsession

Review: From Israel, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ a Drama About Poetry and Obsession
nytimes.com — Can a 5-year-old boy be a literary genius? And if so, how might his precocious gift be nurtured and protected? These are, on the surface, among the main questions posed by " The Kindergarten Teacher," a self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid.

Review: In ‘Southpaw,’ Jake Gyllenhaal Tries to Box His Way Back From Tragedy

Review: In ‘Southpaw,’ Jake Gyllenhaal Tries to Box His Way Back From Tragedy
nytimes.com — Connoisseurs of boxing sometimes wax eloquent on the nuances of the sport, but boxing movies tend to value impact over finesse. Few genres are so reliably and bluntly conventional. Primal stories - rise and fall, ruin and redemption, the love of a good woman - are punctuated by scenes of carefully choreographed pugilism.

Review: For Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Retirement Is Afoot

Review: For Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Retirement Is Afoot
nytimes.com — " Mr. Holmes," a mild and minor bit of revisionist Sherlockiana, imagines the world's greatest detective in his dotage, retired to a picturesque rural spot on the English coast where he tends to bees and fading memories. It's 1947, and Holmes is in his 90s.

Review: ‘The Look of Silence’ Confronts Individuals and Ideology of Indonesian Massacre

Review: ‘The Look of Silence’ Confronts Individuals and Ideology of Indonesian Massacre
nytimes.com — " The Look of Silence," a documentary directed by the American filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and an anonymous Indonesian collaborator, is a painful, profoundly empathetic work of moral reckoning. Like its companion film, " The Act of Killing," released in 2013, it examines the mass killings that began in Indonesia in 1965, when at least a million people were slaughtered in the aftermath of a military coup.

Review: ‘Ant-Man,’ With Paul Rudd, Adds to a Superhero Infestation

Review: ‘Ant-Man,’ With Paul Rudd, Adds to a Superhero Infestation
nytimes.com — I wish I could assure you that no insects were harmed in the writing of this review, but that would be a lie. The ants who are regular summer visitors to my kitchen have lately been sending scouts into the study.

At Comic-Con, Bring Out Your Fantasy and Fuel the Culture

At Comic-Con, Bring Out Your Fantasy and Fuel the Culture
nytimes.com — SAN DIEGO - A critic at Comic-Con International feels less like a fish out of water than like an excluded middleman. The local currency is not skepticism but enthusiasm, and though there is plenty of room in the cavernous halls of the convention center for disappointment and disagreement, irony is thoroughly banished.

At Comic-Con, It Feels Like the Year of the Woman

At Comic-Con, It Feels Like the Year of the Woman
nytimes.com — SAN DIEGO - This year at Comic-Con International, the gathering of genre-geek tribes that takes over the convention center and surrounding neighborhoods here for four days every July, you could see a lot of Sadness, a few examples of Disgust, but, at least so far, no Joy.

Review: In ‘Self/less,’ Immortality at a Cost

Review: In ‘Self/less,’ Immortality at a Cost
nytimes.com — At the start of " Self/less," Damian Hale, a ruthless New York real estate magnate, is played by Ben Kingsley, who seems to have fired his dialect coach halfway to mastering what is apparently supposed to be a Brooklyn accent. No matter.
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May 05, 2016

RT @alexrossmusic: @aoscott @ManohlaDargis The @NewYorker is already sending me out to duct-tape people to their chairs and force them to listen to Xenakis.

May 05, 2016

This is just the first step. Eventually @ManohlaDargis and I will come to your house and mock your taste in movies. vanityfair.com/news/2016/05/t…

May 05, 2016

Yo no soy marinero. Soy Capitan. Soy Capitan. Soy Capitan. nyti.ms/23svAEx


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