Movie Reviews (Chronological)

Movie Reviews

In the Heights (2021)

In the Heights (2021)

Full disclosure: I’m not a big fan of Hamilton. And I think it’s important you know that before I dare to offer any thoughts on In the Heights. Undoubtedly, the circumstances of my first Hamilton viewing — on my home television via Disney+, rather than in...

The Truffle Hunters (2021)

The Truffle Hunters (2021)

This documentary glimpse of a disappearing world — where fortune hunters and their dogs explore and dig for pungent, savory gold — is worth a look, but it also feels like a missed opportunity for poetry and transcendence.

The Courier (2021)

The Courier (2021)

Our screens are so over-saturated with superheroes these days that we’re in danger of forgetting what real heroes look like. Superpowers are exciting — but they’re also shortcuts. They show us what we might dream of becoming. But let me put it this way: I...

Nomadland (2020)

Nomadland (2020)

Several years ago, I wandered down to the reading room of Laity Lodge, a Texas conference center. I knew it to be the quietest, most restful place at the Lodge, and I needed a break after a few days of constant conversations with other writers. The reading room has an...

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Compelling, occasionally impressive in its cinematographic finesse, occasionally obvious in its allusions, often too familiar in its form, eventually painful in its truth-telling, this flashy new film is, ultimately, a necessary testimony.

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