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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