Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 2:15pm
'One Child Nation'

Isn’t history too complex to arrange into simple categories of good and evil?

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 4:47pm

In the spirit of Welcome Week, Festifall and all things post-Labor-Day, The Michigan Daily Film section has written a collection of blurbs celebrating our favorite “Openings” to movies. Here’s to another year of learning, changing, trying, failing, crying, smiling, passing, movie-watching and (most importantly) a-best-picture-awarded-to-a-film-that-surpasses-the-low-bar-of-not-being-problematic-at-best-and-severly-discouraging-as-to-the-current-state-of-the-conversation-on-racial-equality-in-America-at-worst.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:53pm
"Blinded by the Light"

No matter the extent of your own cynicism regarding the future of representation in Western media, “Blinded by the Light” still registers as a product of this regime, so it fails to reinvigorate a genre, merely propping up a new story with the old tricks.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 4:40pm
Bam Communications

I’ve come of age in the days of Spotify and other digital streaming services. I don’t tend to look at the past in a way that lends itself to longing, so I quickly adapted to an increasingly intangible experience with music.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 5:30pm
Universal Pictures

“Yesterday” does very little harm, but also little notable good, taking few risks, aside from building a movie around a world where the Beatles didn’t record their own songs. You’re probably better off queuing up Abbey Road and asking yourself what your life would be like without those songs, than seeing this film’s minimally inventive take on that question.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 5:10pm
Paramount Pictures

Never have I seen those imprecise feelings — the ill-ease that comes with revisiting our bygone work, the floating sensation you experience when a musician just moves you — so precisely captured on screen.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 4:58pm
Detroit Free Press

Even as you leave, you’ll carry that with you, a small charm — an amazing grace — in your pocket.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:10pm
Universal Pictures

Estevez’s direction leads us nowhere compelling. At best, it’s as disorienting as his overwhelming number of characters and subplots. At worst, it’s laughable.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 4:58pm
"Pet Sematary"

Unlike the Creed family’s cat, this one won’t keep popping back up in my life.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 5:27pm
"Cow Palace," from the AAFF

Flash some shocking graphics, prop up the images with recycled critiques, pepper it with opaque, self-indulgent tidbits and you’ve got yourself a work of art. What about the audience? What do we have to gain from that?