Climax

Gaspar Noé's reputation needs scant introduction. The provocateur has seemed to be running out of rope in recent years, his last effort Love critically condescended to alongside the automatic box office failure he's used to. With Climax he has bafflingly resecured some of his cachet, despite a messy and unfocused contrivance of a film. Audiences are introduced to a cast … Continue reading Climax

The Predator

For better or worse, Shane Black has revivified the Predator franchise with this slick but shallow thriller. Shying from typical reboot territory, The Predator is a straight sequel, explaining the murderous aliens' presence on Earth in largely forgettable form. Antihero Quinn McKenna is our protagonist, a military sniper who witnesses the gory crash landing of a Predator in the … Continue reading The Predator

BlacKkKlansman

If it’s tempting to praise the timeliness of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, it’s also worth remembering that America’s issues with institutional and accepted racism never really went away. This sometimes incendiary, but generally tame film could have been released any time in the last thirty years and still summoned the righteous rage with which it closes, … Continue reading BlacKkKlansman

The Meg

Films are often praised for doing what they advertise on their tin - simplicity is no sin in and of itself. When that tin looks like it'll contain a monster film of questionable quality, though, this straightforwardness is still a burden. Cockney wedge Jason Statham is our hero, a wisecracking and nominally harrowed ex-diver named … Continue reading The Meg