The Upside (2019)

The Upside (2019)
“Kevin Hart Goes to the Opera” I just had a shocking experience at the movies, the kind that makes you feel like you got hit by lightning. I went to see Neil Burger’s The Upside, whose plot description, about a streetwise Black man who takes care of a grumpy rich white male quadriplegic, seems just ...

Holmes and Watson (2018)

Holmes and Watson (2018)
“The Game (of Genre) is Afoot, or Will Ferrell ‘a-starting’” In my course on academic film criticism, I critique popular reviewing as a “say nothing” enterprise; the practice often reduces to “the film was good [or bad].” The problem with such evaluative criticism is that without a methodology for determining what good or bad might ...