A review of Jamie Foxx’s Day Shift

(from left) Jamie Foxx as Bud Jablonski and Snoop Dogg as Big John Elliott in JJ Perry’s Day Shift.Photo: Netflix Day Shift marks the feature film debut from stunt coordinator JJ Perry—as well as the latest attempt by John Wick filmmakers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s 87 North Productions to pair high-profile stars with high-concept, … Read more

Aubrey Plaza Shines In Dark Thriller

Aubrey Plaza in Emily The CriminalImage: Courtesy of Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment There is no fantasy element to it Emily The Criminal, Aubrey Plaza’s character study about a woman locked out of the job market by an incident that remains on her permanent criminal record. But whether it’s one character’s dream of owning a … Read more

An Interview With Lee Pace For Bodies Bodies Bodies

(from left) Rachel Sennott and Lee Pace in Halina Reijn’s Bodies Bodies Bodies.Photo: A24 Lee Pace has ventured from Middle-earth (as elven ruler Thranduil in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films) to the stars (as Ronan The Accuser in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) during his big-screen career. But with his latest movie, Bodies Bodies Bodiesa knives-out character … Read more

a gripping look at one hospital’s Katrina hell

Adepero Oduye in Five Days At Memorial Photo: Apple TV+ Television has a long history of serving as a de facto chronicler of America’s past. One can look as far back as Roots in 1977 or as recently as Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology series to see historical revisionism on the small screen. Apple … Read more

Movies that started in Japan

(from left) Edge Of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.); The Ring (Paramount Pictures); The Magnificent Seven (Warner Bros.).Image: Todd Gilchrist/Warner Bros.; Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros. Bullet Train will surely be number one—with a bullet—at the box office this weekend. How could it not be, with a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Brian Tyree … Read more

Movies that started in Japan

(from left) Edge Of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.); The Ring (Paramount Pictures); The Magnificent Seven (Warner Bros.).Image: Todd Gilchrist/Warner Bros.; Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros. Bullet Train will surely be number one—with a bullet—at the box office this weekend. How could it not be, with a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Brian Tyree … Read more

Season 1, Episode 4, “The Fielder Method”

Nathan Fielder in The RehearsalPhoto: Courtesy of HBO Can you ever be authentic if you’re crippled by your own self-awareness? While I ask myself this very question on any given day, I’m jotting it down today because it’s what I was left wondering when I finished the fourth episode of Nathan Fielder’s genre-defying series The … Read more

An Interview With Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Maria Bakalova

(from left) Maria Bakalova and Amandla Stenberg in Bodies Bodies Bodies.Photo: A24 Not many actors get to experience the type of rocket ride that Maria Bakalova did with 2020’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. She wasn’t merely catapulted to celebrity by way of her role as Tutar Sagdiyev, the teenage daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen’s bumbling and … Read more

A Review Of Apple+’s Luck

(from left) Bob (voiced by Simon Pegg) and Sam Greenfield (voiced by Eva Noblezada) in Luck.Photo: Apple+ Hugely innovative on both a technological and narrative level, Pixar helped advance the medium of animation, and destroy once and for all the notion that mainstream animated films couldn’t be complex and ambitious without alienating or excluding their … Read more