Coco (2017)

“Coco” is certainly a good (even very good) film, with the pitch-perfect emotional gut-walloping you can expect Pixar to deliver, but its narrative shape is so familiar and workmanlike that it feels tiring at times. Certainly the film would be a marvel and huge triumph to children who haven’t been walloped enough by Pixar’s consistent output…

Mudbound (2017)

“Mudbound” works best the further it moves away from feeling like another in a long-line of important, dialogue-heavy literary adaptations with excellent casts exploring rave in America, and more into being a strange, visually-focused, Malick-esque exercise in multiple perspective and tone and atmosphere above narrative. When the film stops being a meandering movement through different character’s…