Lean on Pete (2017)

Lean on Pete is about a boy who lives in the Pacific Northwest, a big change from Andrew Haigh's previous two features about couples, young and gay, old and straight, set in England. In a way, Lean on Pete, from a novel by musician and…

Elle (2016)

It is a uniquely disorienting and confusing pleasure to watch Isabelle's two latest movies - Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come/L'Avenir and Paul Verhoeven's Elle - one after another, as I just did in New York. Both were playing in the city's…

Sully (2016)

"155" Typically Clint is doing good, straightforward, old fashioned filmmaking in his new movie Sully, whose title itself signals the mood: simplicity. The subject is an old fashioned hero, the pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, nickname…

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Beware babes in boats I'm wondering when it's going to dawn on somebody that the touted new Swedish-born star Alicia Vikander has terrible diction. She's mumbling and whispering again in the emotionally overwrought The Light Between…

Jason Bourne (2016)

The Bourne continuation He's back, and it's not even necessary to add anything to his name. "Jason Bourne" is enough. After nine years off, and Tony Gilroy's able but rather dispiriting 2014 spin-off, Damon has donned the mantle again.…

Carol (2015)

Glamorous prison of conventionality Carol, Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's early novel The Price of Salt, is a swoon. Despite its edge of late Forties-early Fifties homophobia and otherwise rigid convention, the movie is…

Sicario (2015)

 Villeneuve gets down to basics, retaining moral complexity Sicario is Denis Villeneuve's most concentrated, compact film. It's about a US operation, unfolding over only a few days, to follow a US-based Mexican drug "jefe" back to his…

Mistress America (2015)

Gerwig charms again, but she and Noah settle for easy Mistress America is a sort of Gatsby story. Tracy (the excellent Lola Kirke) is a Barnard College freshman and aspiring writer whose life in Manhattan is looking awfully drab till, in…

American Ultra (2015)

Misdirecting a comedy genre-buster What American Ultra first has to recommend it is its stars, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, a combo both obvious and odd (they were together for Adventureland in 2009) -- though this will…

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Beloved creep Steve Jobs was, unquestionably, a brilliant promoter, with a sense of drama and a gift for seizing the right moment. But he was no universal genius, and his moral and philosophical claims were shallow or false. He was not a…