The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Directed by the Coen Brothers The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is about death, even as it starts as a broad comedy and certainly as it transitions into a surreal drama. It's a Coen Brothers' comedy in the mostly in the style of Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Intolerable Cruelty.  Also O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Hail, Caesar!  These … Continue reading The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

Directed by Stefano Sollima Sicario: Day of the Soldado isn't a movie that needs to exist.  It's a sequel to the 2015 Sicario, a movie that establishes complex characters who don't seem conducive to a series of further cinematic adventures, though as this one suggests there may be a third. Like with other surprisingly successful movies, … Continue reading Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

Directed by Susanna Fogel The Spy Who Dumped Me has a lot in common with the old Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn thriller/romance/comedy Charade (1963).  In both cases the protagonist finds herself caught up in a world of deception and murder thanks to her connection to a dead or dying romantic interest.  In Charade it was Hepburn's deceased husband, … Continue reading The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)