Rian Johnson is currently basking in the glow of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but he’s taking a break from being in a galaxy far, far away to celebrate the entirely different world of “Phantom Thread.” The new film by Paul Thomas Anderson, and Daniel Da…

My first published piece of film criticism came on May 20, 1999, two weeks shy of my fifteenth birthday. The night before, a group of my friends had spent the entire day camped out in front of the local movie theater waiting to purchase tickets for George Lucas’ long-awaited Star …

The HFPA giveth and, boy, the HFPA taketh away.  On the film side this year’s Golden Globes nods were mostly devoid of embarrassing nominations of the “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” or “The Tourist” variety, but the foreign…

“Says you’re not from ’round here. Come here to make trouble?” An official trailer has arrived online for an indie drama titled The Girl Who Invented Kissing, starring up-and-coming actress Suki Waterhouse as a “nameless, pill-popping drifter girl” who steps off of a bus and into a neighborhood bar owned by two middle-age brothers. The film hasn’t played at many festivals, but seems to have that indie vibe, with some mysterious twists and turns, and emotional stakes that push the plot along. The Girl Who Invented Kissing full cast includes Vincent Piazza, Dash Mihok, Abbie Cornish, Luke Wilson, Corey Large, Johnny Messner, and Michael Buscemi. This seems like a quirky, oddly sweet story and I’m not sure if the plot is about these two older guys falling for this young girl or what exactly, but it seems interesting. Check it out. Here’s the first trailer for Tom Sierchio’s The Girl Who Invented Kissing, direct from YouTube: A nameless, pill-popping drifter girl steps …

These days, filmmakers doing press for an upcoming sequel tend to transform their interviews into an ongoing apology tour for the previous movie. “Yeah, that one stank, but we learned a lot and this one will be better!” has been trotted out enough to feel meaningless at this point. Still, X-Men: …

One detail that has been somewhat overlooked in Armie Hammer’s comments about the double standard in treatment between Casey Affleck and Nate Parker during last year’s awards season (for which he subsequent apologized to Affleck) is his revelation that…

Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hollywood has tried to hard to mimic the comic book studio’s interconnected franchise building, but none have succeeded in matching them. Universal is already bailing out of Da…