Le Beau Serge

The watch list for any academic film course almost always rounds out to something like: a Chaplain comedy, some Technicolor musical, four impenetrable foreign films, two other silent-era juggernauts and Citizen Kane.


With big folks, either people think you look mean or it’s more of a jolly Santa Claus, ‘Oh, he’s just a pudgy little teddy bear pillow.’ —The Notorious B.I.G.

Breaking In

“Breaking In” is not as painful a movie as it has been framed to be. In fact, coming in with modest expectations, viewers will likely find the film not nearly as torturous and dull as described by reviewers.

Everybody Knows

“Everybody Knows” (Todos Lo Saben) is an exceptionally good telenovela.


The requiem for the local scene — the underground scene, the house show scene, the “we’ll never be big, that’s okay we just want to be” scene — is the greatest kind of music movie. To perfectly encapsulate how a specific moment in a specific place looked and sounded is one thing.

Sorry Angel

I should have taken French in school. I opted for Spanish, as responsible kids often do in California, for it promised to be more useful.


What does modern motherhood look like?

John Mulaney

Tina Fey. Eddie Murphy. Will Ferrell. Amy Poehler.

Bad Samaritan

The watchability of “Bad Samaritan,” the latest nonsensical schlock fest from producer-turned-director Dean Devlin (“Geostorm”), depends entirely on its star.

The Avengers in peril

How does one review a film like “Avengers: Infinity War?” To list the cast would take half the article. Describing the plot in any kind of detail would be viewed as a colossal spoiler. It’s not trying to sell itself to newcomers because by now, the entire world likes superheroes.