King Richard speaks of an almost divinely inspired man

You may be forgiven, watching King Richard, for wondering what exactly Richard Williams’ deal was. Was he a prophet or a damned lucky delusional? As tennis fans know, Williams is the father of Venus and Serena Williams, two of the greatest…

Robert Weide’s Vonnegut doc captures a pained, difficult man

In 1941, an 18-year-old Kurt Vonnegut Jr. inscribed a book to his high-school girlfriend, who would later become his wife. He wrote, “To be shown to our children when they begin to wonder what things are most important in this world…

Dennis Hopper’s restored masterpiece of bleakness Out of the Blue

Linda Manz had a great camera face, scarred and wary, yet open to profane as well as sacred experiences. Her face haunts the few movies she appeared in, like Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven and especially Dennis Hopper’s Out of…

Justine Bateman’s Violet gives Olivia Munn room to shine

Olivia Munn has been on my radar since 2006, when she started as one of the hosts of G4’s goofball gamers-and-geeks program Attack of the Show. Even then, when the show had her jumping into a giant chocolate pie wearing a…

David Gordon Green doesn’t want to scare you.

It’s difficult to judge Halloween Kills, since it’s the middle film in what’s going to be a trilogy (the capper, Halloween Ends, starts filming in January for release next October). What’s more, this trilogy, under the stewardship of director David Gordon Green…

Selma Blair levels with us, as always, in a sensitive new documentary

As a young actress, Selma Blair developed something of a reputation for being willing to do just about any awkward or potentially thorny thing onscreen. It spoke to her honesty as a performer — we felt she didn’t…

Craig Gillespie’s Cruella wears a punk shirt without having punk soul

It’s entirely possible that the less real estate 101 Dalmatians and its various iterations occupy in your emotional neighborhood, the more you may feel free to enjoy Cruella, a live-action prequel unveiling the origins of one Cruella De Vil…

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet still shocks 35 years later

David Lynch’s masterpiece Blue Velvet, which just turned 35, has lost very little of its juice or shock in almost four decades. Since it wears the sheep’s clothing of fifties retro, not much ties the film to the mid-‘80s, either (other…

Janicza Bravo’s Zola is well-crafted but hollow

Not everything needs to be a movie. That’s not to say that the legendary 2015 Twitter thread by A’Ziah “Zola” King doesn’t seem like — and play in our minds like, when we’re reading it — a movie-god-given piece of natural cinema material…

Kate is built out of too many other movies to be its own movie

Slicker than goose shit, Netflix’s #1 trending new film Kate is stylishly brutal and will probably be praised in some quarters accordingly, but it leaves us wanting more. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is laconically terrific as Kate…

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