Movie Review: ‘BEN IS BACK’ and he can stay

James C. Clay  // Film Critic BEN IS BACK Rated R, 103 minutesDirector: Peter HedgesStarring: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton BEN IS BACK is a much more layered addiction drama than what is promised. So many times we get straightforward after school special on the dangers of drug use, but times have progressed since the D.A.R.E. ages of the ‘90s; instead of blaming the children, videogames and music, we ...


TIFF Review: ‘ROMA’ a dull sensory overload that lacks agency

James C. Clay  // Film Critic ROMA Rated R, 135 minutesDirector: Alfonso CuaronCast: Yalitzia Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, Veronica Garcia This article was written after ROMA's premiere on Sept. 10, 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it has been updated after a second viewing for its theatrical release. Every frame of Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA is a postcard that captures a lost time in 1970s Mexico City. It's a deeply ...


Movie Review: ‘THE FAVOURITE’ throws shade in the most sophisticated ways

November 30th, 2018 | Film Festivals, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

James C. Clay  // Film Critic THE FAVOURITE Rated R, 119 minutes Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn Yorgos Lanthimos is a filmmaker whose existence is cause for celebration. He creates singluar worlds with acerbic and left-of-center humor that will be celebrated for decades. But until that day comes, let’s praise his latest film: THE FAVOURITE. This is a hateful little comedy dressed up in ...