Ticket Stubs #4: We’re Far From the Shallow Now

Thankfully, Bradley Cooper's directorial debut and exploration of this well-worn material is not only an unqualified cinematic success on a grand, wide-screen scale but a strong, valiant case for why movies, especially those coming out of major studios, can still matter as a mass art form.

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Ticket Stubs #3: I Wonder If It Remembers Me

In this installment of Ticket Stubs, we look at a recent no-holds-barred prison movie, David Lynch's most iconic work, and the definitive monument to repressed 50s angst.

The Never-Ending Battle: Avengers Infinity War Review

Against such weighty odds, with the fate of the universe and the company's creative identity hanging in the balance, Infinity War delivers not only the finest iteration of the superhero squad but one of Marvel's very best films in its history, an effort very much cognizant of the interpersonal history of its characters and the company's legacy as a canvas for big-budget entertainment that validates the old expression that some things really do get better with age.

No Time for Confrontations: A Personal Survey of 2017 in Film

Though discrepancies of race, sex, and gender surely do exist, they appear to be weakening on a yearly basis. If this decade is remembered for anything it will be in the creation of a more democratic system that have allowed artists like Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Greta Gerwig, and Patty Jenkins to not only survive but flourish.

Turnover on Downs: Heaven Can Wait, Love, and Football

In many ways, "Heaven Can Wait" serves as a slight corrective to these previously masochistic self-evaluations. Co-directed with his co-star Henry, Beatty pivots away from the critical atmosphere of the moment into traditional romantic comedy territory that gives direct plot reasoning for his nervous and addled performance style.

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