Days of Heaven (1978)

The second, and last, film of the first phase of Terrence Malick’s career (a twenty year gap between projects comes before the next phase), this one shifts closer to the style of his much more numerous later films, with its even sparser plot than “Badlands”, increased focus on gorgeous imagery and visual storytelling, looser and…

The Foreigner (2017)

A lean, cold, very sleekly made political thriller with occasional, arresting forays into action. Jackie Chan charts a slowly escalating transformation from passivity and grief to malevolent effectiveness and violence brilliantly, keeping polite and calculated all the while but conveying a broken man persona with much more depth than how that character (irritatingly common in…