Review: Vox Lux

Director: Brady Corbet Stars: Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin At the age of thirteen, Celeste is injured in a high school shooting. A bullet pierces her neck and remains lodged against a vertebrae. Appearing at a vigil for the dead, she performs a song co-written with her sister Ellie (Stacy Martin). The song goes …

Review: Annihilation

Director: Alex Garland Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson Alex Garland's second (credited) feature as director is the first true victim of what I'm coming to think of as The Netflix Problem. Produced by Paramount, who are increasingly showing their cowardice toward new and original concepts, the film has been granted a scant …

Review: Song To Song

Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender Former cinematic recluse Terrence Malick has had a surge in creativity over the course of this decade unlike anything in his career previously, though the fruits of this late bloom have divided his audience; those that are charmed by his lighter-than-air touch and fondness for …

Review: Jackie

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, John Hurt In the last 100 years there have been a handful of moments in American history that can be argued to have brought trauma to the collective consciousness. 9/11 is one. The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is another. And one can look broadly at …

Review: Black Swan

***originally written 28 January 2011*** The Oscars don't generally give out their major awards to horror films; the genre doesn't have nearly enough respect in those terms. So it is entirely understandable why Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is not being marketed as a horror movie, but rather, as it's trailer insinuates, more of a sexually …