film-reviews

‘Us,’ ‘Psycho,’ and the Challenges of the Explain-It-All Ending

(Warning: We’re going to be talking about the ending of “Us.” If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want the ending spoiled, please don’t…

Netflix’s ‘Uncanny Valley’ Problem With Their (Bad) Original Movies

When Roma won three Oscars at last month’s Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film, it was seen as a huge step…

‘Captain Marvel’ and the Challenge of Rooting for Progressive Superhero Movies

In Captain Marvel, Brie Larson plays a superhero who has to battle evil shape-shifting aliens while grappling with troubling, mysterious memories and a nasty bout…

In ‘Paddleton,’ Telling Your Straight Friend You Love Him Is Scarier Than Death

Jerry Seinfeld has a famous joke about the fact that, according to studies, people are more afraid of public speaking than dying: “This means to…