‘The Invisible Man’ reboot cleverly changes narrative, feels fresh

In the age of reboots, it comes as no surprise that Universal Pictures has remade its 1933 classic “The Invisible Man.” In the original, “The Invisible Man” is an imposing but sympathetic protagonist, a brilliant scientist with the capacity for despair, remorse and love. In this sense, the original “The Invisible Man” and the 2020 remake […]

The Daily’s 40th anniversary: revisiting a 1999 “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” review

In 1999, the Daily wrote about the release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”. The review — or rather, a short summary about the release of the film — followed the box office success of “Menace” and discussed some of the key takeaways with which critics were leaving the theaters with (too much computer-generated […]

‘Birds of Prey’ is fun, fabulous, a strong future for DC

The best thing the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) ever did was cast Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Quinn’s a fan-favorite character and possibly the most interesting character in Batman’s rogue gallery. Likewise, Robbie’s rendition was the only spark of charisma in “Suicide Squad,” (2016) which gave her very little to do. Thankfully, “Birds of Prey […]

‘1917’ shows technical prowess with little substance

This review contains spoilers. The stakes of “1917” (2019) are evident less than about 20 minutes into the film: General Erinmore (Colin Firth) tells Lance Corporals William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) that they must get a message to Colonel Mackenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch) regarding an attack he is planning against the Germans. […]

‘Miss Americana’ explores emotional intensity of Taylor Swift’s fame

“Be new to us. Be young to us … Live out a narrative that we find interesting enough to entertain us, but not so crazy that it makes us uncomfortable,” Taylor Swift said describing the burden placed on female artists to constantly reinvent themselves in the new documentary “Miss Americana” (2020). Swift’s disillusioned narration plays […]

‘Uncut Gems’ transfixes, shows desire run amok

A well-established modern aphorism is that human civilization has attained unprecedented levels of connectivity and that, accordingly, everyday life flies by at a blistering clip. Things get worse if you consume news on even a semi-regular basis, as that probably means you spend a not-insignificant portion of your conscious (and likely unconscious) time feeling like […]

‘Little Women’ showcases Gerwig’s mastery of adaptation

Adapting a screenplay is about more than simply making the story of a book fit into the format of a script. Satisfying film adaptations understand that novels and films are two entirely different animals — to properly tell a novel’s story requires an understanding of its core, an eye toward the visceral and symbolic rather […]

‘Better Days’ reveals the dark undertones of Chinese Gaokao and school bullying

After being pulled from the Berlin Film Festival at the last minute and banned by Chinese censors for nearly a year, the Chinese film “Better Days” (2019) was finally released in mainland China on Oct. 25 and in the U.S. on Nov. 8. The movie was adapted from the Chinese young adult novel “In His […]

Isabelle Huppert rises above ‘Frankie’

To paraphrase a supremely funny Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch, “Frankie” (2019) is the type of film you can take a warm bath in. The Isabelle Huppert-headlined movie takes us on a leisurely jaunt up and down the steep inclines of Portugal’s breathtaking coastal forests as its familial web of characters jostle with their own […]

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ is slow-burning excellence

This review contains spoilers. Shown by the Independent Film Festival Boston during its fifth annual Fall Focus at The Brattle Theatre, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019) is a meticulous film. Following Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, as she is hired to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a woman being married to […]