Bright (2017)

“Bright” plays with some interesting ideas, and benefits greatly from Joel Edgerton’s legitimately good performance (caked in make-up as it is) and Will Smith’s grounding presence, but never really fully comes together. It’s ambitious worldbuilding suggests at big, political ideas, but the racial politics in particular are handled clumsily, and while the film clearly aims for…

Lady Bird (2017)

Saoirse Ronan is predictably fantastic in “Lady Bird”. The film rarely goes for the easy joke or dramatic moment (its treatment of Catholic schooling is surprisingly even-handed), and breezes along underplaying most of the drama other films of its type would make a big show of. This works really well, and makes the film feel…