Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:27pm
GQ

I am unsure exactly what I expected from Judd Apatow’s (“Trainwreck”) “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” but I reflect on the viewing experience with regret. Until this week, I hadn’t seen the 2005 comedic classic. The film feels much older, largely due to the offensive humor and fashion — though my only memories from 2005 are the inside of a kindergarten classroom, so I guess I would not recall what was considered socially acceptable racism, sexism, homophobia or whale-tails. The world has changed drastically in 14 years.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 9:30pm
Wild Bunch

Let’s talk about sex. Sex in film is a bit like the wild west — I’ve seen the good, the bad and definitely the ugly. Sex can be a blank canvas for a director, an arena in which to explore relationships between characters and to build the atmosphere of the film. Or, it can be a hook, unnecessary trailer bait to entice the prospective moviegoer (“The Aftermath”). Throughout the summer I’ll be writing weekly about sex in film: good, bad and ugly.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 9:27pm
Lionsgate

“Long Shot” is certainly titled around its premise: The political rom-com stars Charlize Theron (“Tully”) as the U.S. Secretary of State and Seth Rogen (“The Interview”) as her speechwriter and eventual love interest. Theron’s incandescent, piercing beauty contrasts so starkly with the guffawing teddy-bearish charm of Rogen, but the movie’s core irony is that they successfully conjure a believable chemistry with each other.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 5:03pm
GAGA Pictures

Daily Film explores iconic endings as the school year comes to a close.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 5:00pm
Warner Bros.

Henry is at once a shimmering, impossibly magnetic image of the mafia’s verve and a wide window into the harsh realities of organized crime; a brute and a sympath.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 4:53pm
A24

“High Life” calls to mind “2001: A Space Odyssey” and perhaps a dystopian “Star Trek.” Rich with brilliant colors and mind-bending interstellar graphics, the film immerses the viewer in space. Puns unintended, “High Life” revolves around a black hole — an absent center representing absence itself.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:48pm
"The Aftermath"

If you’re after a thoughtful and original work of art, this is not the film you’re looking for.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:40pm
"Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island"

Unable to create multidimensional characters, and providing minimal frame of reference for the characters’ relationships, the film is nothing short of lifeless, earning itself a label as just another low-quality drama.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:29pm
Netflix

All in all, “The Perfect Date” is a charmless, instantly forgettable addition to the romantic comedy canon.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:13pm
"The Hummingbird Project"

Some real-life stories are, simply put, too banal to be told on the screen. But in the utterly perplexing case of “The Hummingbird Project,” writer-director Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) delivers a completely fictional story that is more banal than reality itself. Everything about this mess of a nano-financial engineering thriller begs the words “Based on real events” to appear on the screen at some point to justify its existence.