In 1990, Kevin Costner's epic western was widely hailed as major progress in Hollywood's representation of indigenous people. But what will The Unenthusiastic Critic make of it 30 years later?
Questions of identity, duality, and transformation abound in a disturbing and surprisingly complicated episode of Lovecraft Country.
With its weakest hour yet, Lovecraft Country turns in a story that is at turns dull, derivative, and disturbing (but not in a good way).
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New companion Bill learns what it means to travel with the Doctor—and proves her mettle—in a strong second episode.
It's a brand new season, a delightful new companion, and a welcome new beginning for Doctor Who.
Silly, soulless, and disappointingly executed, Life is an instantly forgettable B-movie dressed up—not very convincingly—to look like a serious production.
Thoughtful, powerful, and existentially bleak, Logan may be the film that finally expands our expectations of what a "superhero movie" can be.
The Unenthusiastic Critic—my reluctant wife—returns for her first viewing of Robert Aldrich's macabre camp classic.
Jordan Peele has made the first essential horror film of the Black Lives Matter era, and the smartest, most self-aware scary movie since The Cabin in the Woods.
Gore Verbinski's stylish horror film manages to entertain the eye and taunt the brain, but it never really engages the heart or soul.
James Baldwin's is the voice we need right now, and director Raoul Peck knows it, bringing a comparable clarity and poetry to one of the most powerful and provocative films of the year.
In the latest installment of my Independent Study in World Cinema, I take an unfortunately timely look at how Leni Riefenstahl helped "make Germany great again" with her propagandist "documentary" about the Nazi party.
Lyrical, sensual, and wise, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante is a film about the stink of love, the squalor of love, the anger and boredom and perverse complexity of love.
Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures is not a groundbreaking film, but an old-fashioned, very entertaining film about some groundbreaking people.
Here at The Unaffiliated Critic, we appreciate the illusory, arbitrary promise of a fresh start as much as anyone. So here are my New Year's Resolutions for 2017.
There are many ways in which 2016 was a terrible, no-good, very bad year. But television provided a ridiculous embarrassment of riches.
The sixth season finale of Game of Thrones finds women seizing control of the board. But who will these women need to become to hold onto power?
Four shows enter. Three shows suck.
The third week of the Fall 2016 premiere season brings a veritable cornucopia of new network shows—most of them far better than I expected.
In this week's installment of "First Look/Last Look," it's a bit of a mixed bag.
Every year in “First Look/Last Look,” I pan for TV gold in the fetid riverbed of the new fall season. This year, the first batch—surprisingly—is all gold.
"Battle of the Bastards" is a magnificent hour of television. But is it a great episode of Game of Thrones?
"No One" ever thinks they're the bad guy, but there comes a time when everyone has to ask themselves the question.
This week, we see all the broken people trying to figure out what can be built from the shattered pieces of the past.
An awkward and underwhelming episode focuses on the question of family loyalty.
"Terrible things happen for a reason," we are told in "The Door." But is that really a comforting thought?