The show modifies parts of our liberal mythology to shake the consensus by questioning whether we are as just and good as we usually like to believe.
Why bother with people from another time if we have to always reduce them to boring, conventional people of our own times?
America has two Captain Marvels. One debuted last month but the original is hitting screens now, and ‘Shazam’ is a better movie.
Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ conveys to viewers that from now on, we must look to ourselves for freedom, not to larger-than-life fantasies.
For a horror film, ‘Us’ is not particularly scary or involving, and for a movie full of metaphors, it offers nothing to hold your attention or remember.
Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ is a movie about the one thing that’s been banished from our entertainment—friendship between men.
Audiences tend to like the hero’s journey, not moviemakers who bludgeon audiences over the heads with morals and forced progressivism.
‘Brooklyn’ is a work of selective nostalgia that shows the best in 1950s America. It may not be a Christmas movie, but it’s perfect for the season.
Two movies that won Goldman Oscars, ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’ (1969) and ‘All The President’s Men,’ (1976) showcase all the fun of that generation, and all the political sanctimony.
It is right to honor Lee; it is right to make a legend of him. He gave us myths we still find enchanting, both as audiences and as myth-makers.
We’re back to that original conflict of Season 1: What if the devil is stronger? What if he wins?
It fails to rise above its genre, but ‘The Predator’ is rescued in part by the symbolism of family love, which reveals a deep emotional humanism that should have received far more praise.
On Netflix, Marvel shows are hit and miss at the best of times, not least because Netflix doubles down on misses as much as on hits.
George Young’s story would make a good drama about what 21st century America could learn from previous generations and how an aging patriot conceives of his legacy.
Whether you like Trump or not, whether you like NATO or not, it’s time to face all the ugly truths we have long avoided facing, because foreign policy is about to change in a very serious way.
Not only does the movie get its themes confused when it comes to the villain, its plot is an embarrassment.
This weekend, ‘The Incredibles 2’ hits theaters, 14 years after the original. Before you go see the new movie, let’s talk about the original.
At every point in the movie, the combination of star power, talent, tiredly thumbing noses at the patriarchy, and a daring robbery underwhelms.
The self-presentation of this 35-year-old, nice, honest, and successful as he is, suggests there’s no future ahead — certainly not in playing parents to a pet.
Maybe the nice kid fit the Reagan years, when it was morning in America, but in the age of Trump, you need to toughen up and deal with the misery.
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