A fitting metaphor for the state of Millennial lives more generally, Lady Bird is a messy mash-up of bad relationships and unhealthy attitudes toward sex. And yet, its honesty and authenticity unmasks many of those elements, forcing the ugliness of the fallen world into the open, and making some small concessions toward redemption.
With their backs against the wall, the story of Dunkirk guides us on the journey of a different kind of hero.
As authentic and human as it is funny, The Big Sick makes a strong case for one of the best films of the year.
In just one short week, director Rian Johnson has taken his new Star Wars film from one of the most highly anticipated films in the saga to one of the most divisive. In so doing, he has created a bold and original take on the franchise, one that sees a return to the original film’s roots in some important thematic ways.
Integrating Mexican culture with rich beautiful visuals, Pixar once again wins big with it’s diversity in storytelling with Coco.
Zack Snyder’s follow-up to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has none of its predecessor’s thematic ambition and theological inclinations. The crowd-pleaser we get instead is consistently entertaining, even if lacking in a central, grounding theme.
Thor: Ragnarok has a gained a stronger hold in the affections of Marvel fans than previous Thor films. This is largely due to its Guardians-esque sense of humor and absurdity, as well as its neon color palette and “buddy cops in space” vibe with the Hulk. This is all true, and the film is an absolute blast; it also includes some interesting thoughts, though admittedly secondary, on how the Asgardians as immigrants or refugees draw their identity while disconnected from their homeland.