by Rob DiCristino
mother! (Dir. Darren Aronofsky)
Logan (Dir. James Mangold)
Deadpool as proof that the superhero genre can offer more than just charming, PG-13 diversions, Logan is something more that that. It’s a western, of course, a close parallel to Eastwood’s Unforgiven in which Shane is directly referenced a number of times. But it’s also a tale of the future — a future that finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) fighting demons far more dangerous than the usual crop of evil mutants (though that happens, too). As the two legends finally approach their twilight, all that remains is for them to guide Dafne Keen’s Laura — a pint-sized Weapon X — to a mythical promised land where mutants might be safe. But will they ever really be safe? No one can know for sure. Logan succeeds because it’s about pain compounded over time, about taking one final stab (sorry) at a worthwhile life and hoping for the best. The film appropriately treats death as a release from untenable burdens, an important and necessary thing that gives meaning to what came before. Call me crazy, but I find that comforting.
Personal Shopper (Dir. Olivier Assayas)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Dir. Rian Johnson)
pointed out) greying of the black and white morality that has defined the series for so long. Mark Hamill embraces some of the best Luke material he’s ever had to work with, fleshing-out his signature character in risky and satisfying ways. Don’t let the fanboys steer you wrong; this is the Star Wars movie we desperately needed, one that lets go of childish things and embraces an unknowable future.
The Big Sick (Dir. Michael Showalter)
I Also Very Much Liked:
Colossal, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, T2: Trainspotting, Get Out, Baby Driver, Ingrid Goes West, Raw, Their Finest, Wind River.
Notable Films I Did Not See So Calm Down Before You @ Me:
Brigsby Bear, Call Me By Your Name, It, Blade Runner 2049, Phantom Thread, Molly’s Game, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Florida Project.