Film

Design by Kathryn Halverson

Since “Tenenbaums” in 2001, no working director has cultivated a more distinct visual style than Anderson, and you could count on the fingers of your right hand the ones who’ve come close. I’ve always been struck by his ability to bring all his many stylistic features together in such a cohesive, breathless fashion.

A24

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.”

Sony Pictures Releasing

In summer 2017, Tom Holland’s (“The Lost City of Z”) Peter Parker swung back into our lives with “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The Spider-Man franchise has an impressive cinematic history with Tobey Maguire (“The Great Gatsby”) and Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”) donning the iconic suit

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.

Solopan

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

Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E.

It’s kind of sad, really — all Antonio wants to do is have a good time with his family, and yet he finds himself being wooed by fake love interests and his daughter married off to someone who’s only in it for his money.

Nordsik Film Distribution

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

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.

Netflix

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

Universal Studios

At this point in the 21st century, there isn’t anything romantic comedies haven’t done, short of actually casting someone who isn’t white in the lead (though Netflix has endeavored to fill that void recently). That said, I liked the movie — and so did the rest of Spain.