12 Strong

Don’t feel guilty. It’s perfectly acceptable to dislike 12 Strong and still salute the courageous efforts of our military personnel overseas. In fact, the true-life bravery and resilience of the first U.S. Army Special Forces unit on the ground in Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks deserves a better big-screen treatment […]


Stanning Stan: A Case Study

In my review of I, TONYA, I singled out Sebastian Stan’s performance as the much-maligned Jeff Gillooly: Jeff’s masculinity is toxic and complex in a manner rarely explored in contemporary cinema.  Meek, yet monstrous, his voice pitches nasally in a way that grates; its near-femininity disarms you.  Stan walks a razor thin edge; too much, […]