• Torque


    “Ain’t that ironic?”

  • Tenet


    “Lying is the Standard Operational Procedure.”

    Spymaster Nolan lies his fucking ass off to us for two and a half hours, and in the process turns Inception water into Tenet wine. Time’s been good to this man's obsession with bending the space-time continuum.  

    Nolan: “And when I write, I write in an intensely linear fashion. . . . I want to always see it from the point of view of the audience; how they’re going to receive the narrative, rather than…

  • Domino


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “And when she’s older, a woman named Domino will tell her there is only one conclusion to every story. We all fall down.”

  • No Fear, No Die

    No Fear, No Die

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Females dictate male behavior... An uncaged hen gives the cocks bad vibes. It bothers them. Makes them jumpy or flabby.”

    The devastating smile that Isaach gives Alex, Claire, her camera, and us — all at once — after turning up “Buffalo Soldier,” on cassette tape, in a truck at night, on a road to nowhere. A beautiful and sad film in which Claire dictates uncaged male behavior.

  • Den of Thieves

    Den of Thieves

    “What happened to you?”

    An answer never learned.

    Gorgeous and grimy, like pulling a hundy still wet from the gutter. This film is a gift. 

    Another Christian was quite right. 

    Petzold: “This was a real movie... it’s moviemaking. They don’t want to have a lemon tree in Gaza, they want to have money.”


  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Alfred: “Maybe a man who broods in a cave for a living isn’t cut out to be a recruiter.”

    Bruce: “Faith, Alfred, faith.”

    A group act of faith overcomes individual trauma. The sublime transformation of Saul into Paul.

  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby

    “You’re the meanest man I ever met. No wonder no one loves you.”

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “No one stays good in this world.”

    “You are my world.”

    Lois, in Clark’s room, gazing up at model planets standing in for a home world.  

    Clark, taking the ferry to Gotham. 

    Bruce, looking at his alter ego. 

    Diana, pitying a boy born with no natural inclination to share. 

    A son falling to his knees before his mother’s image. 

    Another son haunted by memories of fallen houses and ancestral hunters. 

    Adoptive fathers who worry about their phantom grandsons. 

    Major metropolitan…

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    Sean Maguire: “Shepherd. White little prick.”
    Also Sean Maguire: “Good luck, son.”

    Skylar: ”But I want to meet your brothers.”

    Gus Van Sant’s poetic doublet of Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester, familial films about fathers and sons, is pure turn-of-the-century bliss. I couldn’t imagine seeing one movie and not thinking of its brother.

  • Gamer


    “To what brotha do you refer, brotha?”

    Logan Lerman has never been better. Ditto Michael C. Hall. The way they each love and love/hate the player of the game. Gerard, please keep linking up with action auteurs.

    Neveldine/Taylor on that prophesy shit.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Welcome to the planet.”

    As sincere, and as lonely, as any superhero film ever made, and perhaps misread for these very reasons.

    Sweepingly romantic and symphonic, this is one of the great modernist films about a crisis of faith doubling for a solitary trek to and from civilization. Effortlessly classical in its depiction of the heartland, and startlingly visceral in its handheld urban action. The Kryptonian assault on Earth/Metropolis is a feat of relentless orchestration.

    Some of the spiritual gestural…

  • 300


    “May you live forever.”

    There was once a high school kid in my summer school, a number of years my junior, who swore on this film as I once had upon Gladiator. I couldn’t then see what he saw in it, so enamored was I by my teenage martyr epic. This is the kind of film that makes kids want to march, play fight, and fall in a heap at its feet. It’s a lifestyle choice film; the kind its director has forged an entire filmography out of.