The Current Cinema
December 6, 2021 Issue
“Licorice Pizza” Is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Seventies Show
In the director’s Nixon-era coming-of-age tale, his mind’s eye is fixed on the past.
By Anthony LaneNovember 26, 2021
November 29, 2021 Issue
“The Power of the Dog” is Jane Campion’s Anti-Western
Despite the grandeur of its Montana setting, this dark family drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons, is claustrophobic—a chamber piece with chaps.
By Anthony LaneNovember 17, 2021
November 15, 2021 Issue
In “Spencer,” Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana Is Forever Trying Out Roles
Pablo Larraín’s film, less a bio-pic than a set of variations on the theme of Diana, is drunk on the princess’s perception of the world.
By Anthony LaneNovember 5, 2021
November 1, 2021 Issue
The Elegant Containment of “The French Dispatch”
Wes Anderson’s portmanteau of four stories confirms him as a director who trusts the expressive powers of the sketch more than the heft of a finished portrait.
By Anthony LaneOctober 22, 2021
October 18, 2021 Issue
James Bond’s Heavy Heart in “No Time to Die”
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s relentlessly self-referential film, with Daniel Craig making his last bow as Bond, is often exciting, but there’s something inward and agonized about the thrills.
By Anthony LaneOctober 8, 2021
September 27, 2021 Issue
The Uncanny Valley of “I’m Your Man”
Maria Schrader’s film, starring Dan Stevens as a robot designed to be the perfect man, confirms comedy as the playground of philosophy: nothing is funnier or more stirring than the sight of somebody learning how to be.
By Anthony LaneSeptember 17, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
Guilt and Numbness in “The Card Counter”
Paul Schrader’s obsession with sin and redemption is palpable in a film starring Oscar Isaac as a veteran haunted by his experiences in the Iraq War, but against the strong moral backdrop the characters seem adrift.
By Anthony LaneSeptember 10, 2021
September 13, 2021 Issue
The Smell of Villainy Wafts Compellingly Through “Azor”
Set during Argentina’s Dirty War, Andreas Fontana’s remarkable début feature avoids overt horrors, preferring to coolly examine the inexhaustible human talent for averting one’s gaze.
By Anthony LaneSeptember 3, 2021
August 23, 2021 Issue
Trapped in a Video Game with “Free Guy”
Shawn Levy’s hectic sci-fi comedy “Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer, is exhausting but charming.
By Anthony LaneAugust 13, 2021
August 16, 2021 Issue
“Annette” and the Drama of the Gifted Child
Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, Leos Carax’s musical about a young star is a folie de grandeur without the grandeur.
By Anthony LaneAugust 6, 2021
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