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Tower Review

Tower

This is perhaps the best example in modern filmmaking of a talking-head doc that shows and doesn't so much tell, and it's one of the best movies of 2016

Denial Review

Denial

Facts are fragile in this satisfying, surprisingly timely Holocaust drama

Sully Review

Sully

Director Clint Eastwood's passion is evident, but he doesn't let that seep into his choices as a filmmaker, which makes this a top-notch effort

ClassicReviews

I Know Where I’m Going!

I Know Where I'm Going!

In honor of our film of the week, Local Hero, I'm reviewing I Know Where I'm Going! from Powell and Pressburger for The Cinessential

American Dream Review

American Dream

For The Cinessential, I write about Barbara Kopple's 1990 workers' rights documentary in the context of Harlan County U.S.A. week

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

For The Cinessential, I'm reviewing this 1958 stage-to-screen classic in honor of our film of the week, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

John'sLists

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 13

It's the Pictures Podcast: Episode 13

On our latest episode, Max and I discuss the fall festival lineups, Kubo, Florence Foster Jenkins, the new Arrival trailer, the November Criterion lineup, and ... hot iced coffee?

When and How You Can Watch 2015’s Best Movies

When and How You Can Watch 2015's Best Movies

Your guide to streaming my favorite films of 2015, the year's Oscar nominees, and more great new releases

The Best Films of 2015

The Best Films of 2015

My top 20 this year includes the best action movie in more than a decade, a hilarious comedy about the 2008 economic crisis, Quentin Tarantino at his most explosive, and a documentary starring a disembodied head. Yeah, it was a good year for movies

AwardsCoverage

2017 Oscar Predictions: The Calm Before the Storm

2017 Oscar Predictions: The Calm Before the Storm

Critics groups are weighing in, and Golden Globe nominations are imminent. Awards season is getting serious, and Moonlight and La La Land are going for gold

2017 Oscar Predictions: It’s That Time

2017 Oscar Predictions

Some thoughts on the films and performances most likely to resonate this year and a promise regarding coverage of awards this year

2016 Cannes Awards Predictions

2016 Cannes Awards Predictions

Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann looks like the favorite to win this year's Palme d'Or, but will George Miller's jury fall for it over Paterson, American Honey, and Elle?