In Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho,’ gentleness is its own reward

N. Richard Nash’s novel Cry Macho has kicked around as a Hollywood option since the 1970s; Nick Schenk’s script sounds like it, and Clint Eastwood’s direction treats it as such. There’s a comfort, albeit an eerie one, watching this adaptation. Its approach to character and visual storytelling — Eastwood fans during the Every Which WayContinue reading “In Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho,’ gentleness is its own reward”

Time traveling ‘The Tomorrow War’ stalls out

Time travel movies get a bad reputation. Back to the Future set an impossibly high standard: entertaining and easy to grasp. Since then, every movie using time travel as a story element has been subject to endless comparison; Back to the Future established a set of rules that every other movie must follow or elseContinue reading “Time traveling ‘The Tomorrow War’ stalls out”

‘Worth’ too literal about grief

A subgenre whose obsolescence sequels and MU films has hastened, the Legal Savior flick used to be fertile ground for Oscar nominations. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), with Gregory Peck just Talmudic in intensity, set the standard. An enterprising young lawyer, most often white male, overcomes a smugness that, of course, his father or aContinue reading “‘Worth’ too literal about grief”

The ponderous ‘The Green Knight’ takes too long to tell story

© A24 / courtesy Everett Collection[/caption] The emergence of the Delta variant has quashed my interest in returning to live movie experiences, though several colleagues have claimed that if anything this skittishness has emptied theatres, thus reinforcing their safety. How I might’ve responded to The Green Knight on the big screen I’ll never know.

Gorgeous bodies, clever self-consciousness give a lift to ‘Summer of ’85’

Figuring out which eighties pop star Benjamin Voisin reminded me of kept me distracted when Summer of ’85 got lumpy. Roland Orzabal? Charlie Sexton? Andrew Ridgeley? With his swollen insolent mouth, porcelain cheekbones, and ridiculous hair, Voisin incarnates an era of fashion that threatens to slink into obsolescence but never does. François Ozon’s latest filmContinue reading “Gorgeous bodies, clever self-consciousness give a lift to ‘Summer of ’85’”

‘Summer of Soul’ celebrates a historical moment

In a documentary replete with poignant moments, the most is a clip of Billy Davis Jr. and wife Marilyn McCoo intently watching their younger selves as members of the 5th Dimension. Their performance of “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ to Ya” at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969 refutes several decades of criticism about the vocalContinue reading “‘Summer of Soul’ celebrates a historical moment”