BlackBerry

Elevation Pictures
CAPSULE REVIEW (500 words or less)

I’m really starting to enjoy this niche genre of films that satirizes the tech industry. While there is no bigger fan of David Fincher’s brilliant The Social Network, even I must admit that the joy I found watching Mike Judge’s cringe comedy masterpiece HBO series Silicon Valley did, in the end, surpass the societal ponderousness of Fincher’s zeitgeist monument to tech’s ascendance, if for no other reason than I really needed it to. I am just Gen X enough to remember that life did exist before iPhones and even computers, but can appreciate all that technology has done in the past twenty-five years to improve our lives—but also to make them much, much more stressful, dangerous and chaotic. So, when I have the chance to hear how the merging of tech and arrogance led to some douchebag’s downfall, I am all in. And there is no better installment in the downfall-of-the-douchebag-tech-bro genre than BlackBerry, a film by Matt Johnson.

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Asteroid City

Focus Features
CAPSULE REVIEW (500 words or less)

Wes Anderson has always been a big hit-or-miss for me. While I found it difficult to find anything appealing about films such as Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, I think The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Isle of Dogs to be absolute masterpieces. As a writer/director, Anderson defines the word “auteur,” as his films are uniquely his vision, from start to finish, and they are instantly recognizable. His films are defined by their quirkiness, their charm and their beauty. So, every time a new Wes Anderson film comes out, it is an event. But it always remains to be seen how they ultimately land.

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Saltburn

MGM/Amazon Studios
CAPSULE REVIEW (500 words or less)

I was excited at the idea of Saltburn, writer/director Emerald Fennell’s follow-up to her debut, 2020’s Promising Young Woman, a movie I adore. Fennell is a true talent, a fresh voice and vision, and I was excited to see what she would come up with next. Add to it that she had chosen Barry Keoghan, who stole last year’s critical darling The Banshees of Inisherin, to star in the film. I was all in. But then I saw the trailer (always a mistake), and I got a sinking feeling that came to fruition upon seeing the movie itself.

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