Shop Diaries (This Week’s Movies)


Cedric the Entertainer, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube: Barbershop: The Next Cut

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Criminal. “Far-fetched as it is, I don’t have a problem with the plot. Brain-switching and nukes? Bring it on. That’s not what makes Criminal a bad movie.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly link here.)

The Jungle Book. “Everything is bigger.”

Barbershop: The Next Cut. “Less abrasive than Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, but it makes similar points.”

The Adderall Diaries. “Dumb on pretty much every level.”

Saturday, April 16, I’ll be a last-minute pinch-hitter at SIFF’s “Cinema Dissection,” filling in as moderator for Sandy Cioffi, who chose Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon as her specimen. We will talk about the movie – stopping and starting it whenever we want – for six hours. Be at the SIFF Film Center at 11 for the good times. More info here.

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I talk about Everybody Wants Some!!, The Invitation, and the phenomenon of a great performance elevating an okay movie – as Ethan Hawke does with Born to Be Blue. Give a listen here.


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