The Shallows (2016)

The Shallows (2016)
“Where the Buoys Are” One way of understanding The Shallows, an excellent new thriller, is to place it in dialogue with 1975’s Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s quintessential shark attack movie. In Jaume Collet-Serra’s new film, a medical student, Nancy (Blake Lively) travels alone to the Pacific coast of Mexico to go surfing after the traumatic death ...

Creed (2015)

Creed (2015)
“Bicentennial Man, Revisited” I went to Creed reluctantly, not believing the hype about how good the film was, and certainly not wanting my working class family’s love of the original Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976) to be trampled into the dirt. I am delighted to report that the movie is indeed as good as people ...

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)
What to the Cinema is the Fourth of July? In the first of his Independence Day speeches, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?,” delivered in Rochester, NY on July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass expressed the sentiment that July 4 may be a reason for celebration for white Americans, but not for people ...