Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:38pm

In an interview with Slate, Aster remarks, “Life is suffering. I agree with that, and I think it’s therapeutic to give expression to that … there’s also this high-minded part of me that wants to do it in the most elegant way possible. That’s where this (Midsommar) comes from.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 5:28pm

We do not see Ida struggle, or grow or discover long-buried passion. Instead, sex and sin are treated as an object of curiosity.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:17pm
Nordsik Film Distribution

By the end of Volume 2, I wished I stopped at Volume 1.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:14pm
Miramax Films

While I can’t vouch for every poker movie I’ve mentioned on this series, I say without a doubt that “Rounders” is my favorite poker movie.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:13pm

I watched this movie with my poor mother, who now has a new least favorite film.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 5:11pm
Universal Pictures

Sexuality is a part of someone’s identity, and is thus not a toy. While a surface read might yield a positive interpretation, that the film shows empowered women exerting socio-sexual dominance over men, a closer look reveals a troubling disregard for consent and disrespect for personal sexual preferences.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 5:09pm
Sony Pictures Releasing

The truth is, Bond wins with luck — luck that diminishes the audience’s belief in his card-playing skills for the rest of the movie.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 5:02pm
Universal Pictures

Weed- and alcohol-obsessed, Maggie and the gang don’t care much about anything else, at least as far as audiences are concerned. Their characters are flat and bare. Ostentatiously, one teen asks Maggie, “What, you don’t vape?” It’s difficult not to laugh.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:24pm
Warner Bros.

Even though the film remains entertaining on the surface, the logic of its finale crumbles even to the casual card player.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:23pm
Sony Pictures Classics

In a powerful display of tactile eroticism and primal arousal, Elio penetrates a peach while he masturbates. The incorporation of sound and texture, the layered symbolism of peach as penetrable orifice and juice as ejaculate: This scene resonates as the purest synchronization of literature and film.