Rewind: Review of “Warcraft”

June 12, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley Let’s be upfront about this. I’ve never played Warcraft. No, not the wildly popular (though not, apparently, as it used to be) online roleplaying game, nor the strategy games that birthed the […]


Rewind: Review of “X-Men Apocalypse”

June 1, 2016 MikeMarbach

by Michael Henley About halfway through X-Men: Apocalypse, there’s a scene disconnected from the main narrative where three teenagers—desperately seeking an escape—go to the mall to see a movie. Stepping out at the conclusion of […]


Rewind: Review of “The Nice Guys”

May 23, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley The Nice Guys is a riotous, delightful and volatile cocktail that blends film noir mystery, buddy movie trajectories, grotesque violence, bracing cynicism, warped pulp masculinity and more than a little outrageous comedy. […]


Rewind: Review of “Green Room”

May 5, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room is a smart, mean and brutal thriller that has an undeniably grimy vibrancy. At its heart, it can trace back its origins to countless westerns, zombie slashers, crime […]


Rewind: Review of “The Jungle Book”

April 17, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley Jon Favreau’s new film version of The Jungle Book counts three major points of inspiration: Rudyard Kipling’s original 1893 series of children’s stories, the 1967 Disney animated classic that cheerfully rewrote Kipling, […]


Rewind: Review of “Carol”

January 27, 2016 Michael Henley

by Michael Henley In 2002, director Todd Haynes made Far From Heaven, which starred Julianne Moore as a 1950’s housewife who learns her husband is having an affair with another man. Amidst the crumbling of her marriage, […]

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