10 Best Films of 2016

I realize I haven’t written nearly enough reviews this year and I have a million excuses for that: being busy with Nic’s school, his skating, my skating, What the Flick?!, various radio shows, trying to read actual books. But I promise you I see everything, and I keep a running list of potential top-10 contenders […]

RogerEbert.com — Warcraft

“Warcraft,” based on the video game, is easily a contender for the year’s worst movie: an effects-filled fantasy extravaganza that’s unattractive, hard to follow and (worst of all) boring. My half-star RogerEbert.com review, where I’m guessing I’m very popular in the comments section. Read the review here

Lone Survivor

Universal Studios Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language. Running time: 121 minutes. Three stars out of four. We had a lively debate on What the Flick?! recently about “Lone Survivor,” and whether it’s intended as a propaganda film or an anti-war statement. Ben, Alonso and I had different reactions at different […]

What the Flick?! — Lone Survivor

Peter Berg’s action picture “Lone Survivor,” based on the true story of a Navy SEAL who narrowly lived through a botched mission in Afghanistan, is intense and intimate and beautifully shot. Ben, Alonso and I don’t dispute that. But we do have differing theories as to whether it’s propaganda or an anti-war statement. I’m curious […]

RogerEbert.com — Kill Your Darlings

“Kill Your Darlings” plays like a sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat Poets. The self-serious way these figures regard themselves—and the self-serious way the film regards them—is cringe-inducing, early and often. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

What the Flick?! — Kill Your Darlings

Alonso liked this film about the early days of the Beat Poets — specifically, Allen Ginsberg — way better than I did. I was cringing early and often at its self-seriousness, but really enjoyed Dane DeHaan’s performance.

What the Flick?! — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

I loved the lyrical indie drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Alonso did not. So we had a minor squabble.

RogerEbert.com — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a devastatingly beautiful film with an absolutely terrible title. It borrows more than a tad from Terrence Malick but also heralds the emergence of a talented filmmaker in David Lowery. My review for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here