film-reviews

All the Movies MEL Wrote About in 2018, Ranked

By our very unscientific count, approximately a jillion movies came out this year. Many of them were good. Lots more were bad. One of them…

The 2018 MEL Movie Awards: All the Rankings You Won’t Read Anywhere Else

You don’t need another end-of-the-year list. Come December, we’re all inundated with “Best This,” “Worst That,” “The 12 Craziest Things That Happened” and on and…

I’m Not Ready to Laugh About the Bush Years

There’s a specific tenor to smug laughter that’s different than any other kind of laugh. People laugh for all kinds of reasons, but the smug…

‘Welcome to Marwen’ and the Emptiness of Robert Zemeckis’ Feel-Good Films

Robert Zemeckis is a filmmaker who likes to transport us away to other worlds. He’s hardly alone in this ambition, but he’s certainly the most…