Film

Ode to Hugh Jackman | Logan | Rated R

They all shoulda been like this. Venom. Punisher. Wolverine. Every Marvel antihero of the last however many years shoulda been just like Logan; which is to say uncompromisingly R-rated. Oh, I’m sure some would make a case for Deadpool. But Deadpool is cheeky and lame, and preppy Ryan Reynolds shan’t…

MIND. BLOWN. | John Wick: Chapter 2 | Rated R

John Wick: Chapter 2 is one of the most amazingly violent and gorgeous movies I’ve ever seen. Returning as the title character, Keanu Reeves is a one man tidal wave of death that racks up a body count so high, they may as well have called this film GOP Obamacare…

Hardest Hue to Hold | Gold | Rated R

After watching the trailer for Gold, I couldn’t wait to get to the theater. Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez seemed to have palpable on-screen chemistry, the film was directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic and Syriana) and written by John Zinman and Patrick Massett (known for their incredible work on Friday…

Marky Mark Day | Patriots Day | 2 out of 5 Stars | Rated R

There’s this weird feeling that comes only after walking out of a film “based on actual events.” The actual events inevitably being ones you don’t know all the details of, an inclination exists to take what appears on screen at face value, based off your overall enjoyment level. Captain Phillips,…

Empathy, From a Distance | Other People | 3 out of 5 Stars | Not Rated

At it’s best, Other People, the semi-autobiographical directorial debut of SNL writer and Sacramento native Chris Kelly, is a subtly moving portrait of illness and loss as it most often happens in our society: amidst countless distractions and the bittersweet detours of everyday life. As a personal project, it is…

Losing the Dream | La La Land | 4 out of 5 Stars | Rated PG-13

Listen, I know that for some of you this is a hard sell: Damien Chazelle’s first film since 2014’s Whiplash is a bombastic Hollywood musical starring heartthrobs Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a wonderfully poetic tribute to Los Angeles, the city Northern Californians love to hate (of course for…

A Life Sonata | Moonlight | 4.5 out of 5 Stars | Rated R

Moonlight may shine particularly in a certain context—blackness, queerness, masculinity, the backdrop of inner-city Miami, the supercharged sociopolitical climate of 2016—but the most radical breakthrough of Barry Jenkins’ second film is its patient dedication to revealing the most vulnerable, transitory moments in an individual’s life. It is neither a romance…