‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ meets the moment

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is no biopic, at least not by any average measure. It is, first and foremost, a thriller — a crackling piece of political, social and historical intrigue that resurrects the ‘70s stylings of Sidney Lumet, whose collaborations with Al Pacino on classics like “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico” laid the… Continue reading ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ meets the moment

Screaming and shouting at ‘Malcolm & Marie’

I’m going to start this review by talking about film critics, not so much because I’d like to but because writer/director Sam Levinson, with “Malcolm & Marie,” has created a situation in which I must. In the new Netflix film, John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Tenet”) portrays a director, and today was the premiere of his… Continue reading Screaming and shouting at ‘Malcolm & Marie’

‘On the Rocks’ floats on by

I love Sofia Coppola. I love all of her movies, even the ones that people hate. I love the texture of her films — their intimacy, their insight. I love her impressionist color palette and her eclectic needle drops. I love how she blurs comedy and drama into a kind of lived-in melancholy. She doesn’t… Continue reading ‘On the Rocks’ floats on by

‘Borat 2’: Don’t let me be misunderstood

Back in 2014, director David Fincher — in a rare public appearance — spoke at San Diego Comic-Con at a panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of his cult film turned classic, “Fight Club.” While there, the two-time Oscar nominee shared a story. ”My daughter had a friend named Max,” he said. “She told me ‘Fight… Continue reading ‘Borat 2’: Don’t let me be misunderstood

‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ raps a new beat in a classic city

Not to be confused with Steve Carell — that’s a different 40-year-old — Radha Blank is an aspiring playwright in New York. Keyword: aspiring. Despite having won a “30 Under 30” award, the last decade of her life has been a rollercoaster ride with a lot more drops than climbs. These days, she’s teaching theatre… Continue reading ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ raps a new beat in a classic city