You Are Wrong About the Final Act of “Wonder Woman”
2017

You Are Wrong About the Final Act of “Wonder Woman”

Wonder Woman brought the world together in near-universal celebration, as the best superheroes and mythic figures do. Screening controversies and political appropriation notwithstanding, Wonder Woman is…

The Racial Lies of “Get Out”
2017

The Racial Lies of “Get Out”

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is proof that we do not know how to appraise movies. We know only how to uncritically hype and celebrate the…

“Hostiles” (2017): Tone-deaf Western Hackery
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“Hostiles” (2017): Tone-deaf Western Hackery

In its silent moments Hostiles achieves great beauty. In sequences where caravans traverse fresh, untainted frontier country with the sun glistening the terrain, where a…

Vivek’s Top Ten Best Films of 2017
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Vivek’s Top Ten Best Films of 2017

Happy New Year and here’s to another year at the movies. It was one of the weakest summers in living memory (in this way it’s…

“The Last Jedi” is a Classic only in Theory
2017

“The Last Jedi” is a Classic only in Theory

Star Wars has been betrayed and destroyed by its fans. I’m not just talking about the backlash The Last Jedi (which I reviewed here) got….

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): Not Half Bad, Just Half Mediocre (Review)
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): Not Half Bad, Just Half Mediocre (Review)

The worst movie of Rian Johnson’s career is the best film of the nu-Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is slathered in problems….

“Geostorm” (2017): The Best Movie Ever Made (Review)
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“Geostorm” (2017): The Best Movie Ever Made (Review)

I was wrong. I have spent my entire life being wrong about everything. Wrong on movies, wrong on politics, wrong on life; my twelve steps…

“The Foreigner” (2017): A Vince Flynn Novel in Motion (Review)
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“The Foreigner” (2017): A Vince Flynn Novel in Motion (Review)

The Foreigner is a thriller made effective by the simplest conceit. Most of the film is spent in the perspective of the villains who are…

“Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Witnessing a Miracle (Review)
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“Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Witnessing a Miracle (Review)

How do you make a sequel to the paradoxically most widely celebrated cult classic of all time? How do you continue a story that, after…

“Logan Lucky” (2017): Homegrown Affectation (Review)
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“Logan Lucky” (2017): Homegrown Affectation (Review)

It’s poetry that I saw Logan Lucky shortly after seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Both are cinematic odd ducks – works of sly populism that…