The Last Duel, 2021 – ★★★★

Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" is a gorgeous, brutal medieval tale told from three differing perspectives. It is brilliantly directed and highlights the importance of communication, nuance, and context. Unfortunately, some of its cruel...

Lamb, 2021 – ★★★

Valdimar Jóhannsson crafts a beautifully haunting dark fable in rural Iceland. I just wish it had more to say. A24's Lamb opens during a blizzard in the Icelandic countryside as an unseen threat disrupts a...

No Time to Die, 2021 – ★★★★½

Daniel Craig's bombastic swan song is as big and electric as any film in this storied franchise. This is, for my money, the best directed film I have seen all year. I have followed Cary...

The Guilty, 2021 – ★★★★

In "The Guilty" Jake Gyllenhaal stars in one of my favorite niche subgenres, the Solo Chamber Movie. Its mainly one actor, and one location, and some kind of communication device. I don't know what...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, 2021 – ★★

Venom Let There Be Carnage is the big budget, buddy-cop, bromance, alien movie no-one asked for, but many will be glad they got. The pace is supersonic and stays that way throughout the movie....

Candyman, 2021 – ★★½

"Say His Name!" Nia DaCosta's Candyman starts with a character telling us a scary news story over candlelight. This is fitting because this felt more like news than a film to me, in that it...

Blue Bayou, 2021 – ★★★

~"We're both strong. We're both here." Blue Bayou tells the story of a Korean-born stepfather facing deportation in Louisiana. The film highlights the very real struggles of adoptees going through similar situations today. This is...

Free Guy, 2021 – ★★★

Going through the filmography of Shawn Levy, you start to notice some trends. His movies are generally high concept, they appeal to a massive audience, and most importantly, they seem to just work. Free Guy...

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