Spotlight (2015)

For better or worse, Spotlight absolutely succeeds in being a journalistic film about journalism. It’s a very competently made film, with a stellar cast, and a refreshing sense of restraint all too rare in films about such charged issues. There is no real main character (the Globe itself probably fits the function best); the individual…

Steve Jobs (2015)

A beautiful, structurally daring exploration of the effects of time upon one’s relationships with the people they’re close to in life. The film crackles with energy, with a fantastic script from Sorkin, and Boyle handles the transitions between the three time periods (the film is essentially three scenes, each in a different time period) very…

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

A very fun comedy exploring both different vampire archetypes in popular culture, and New Zealand comedy and social situations. Not all of the jokes and scenes land, but most do. It has a very loose feeling, which works well for the “realism” factor, but often makes it feel a tad plodding as well. I give…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

It feels like a Star Wars movie, more or less. Much more than I can say for the prequel films. There’s plenty I disliked about it, but more that I liked, and in terms of repositioning the series and setting it up for a fruitful future? It succeeds wildly. The characters aren’t explored nearly as…