FULL REVIEW The Shape of Water, R A fable to please anybody over 17.The first English-language Oscar front-runner by Guillermo del Toro, 53, features an adorably sensitive, mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who falls for a sea creature who turns out to be sweet and even sort of handsome, though noseless.My life doesn't have to be about being a homosexual. This trope is about homosexual political conservatives, typically in settings where homosexuality and conservatism are at least somewhat incompatible, as they appear in fiction.It's much more common in American than in European media, since the European brand of conservatism does not necessarily go hand in hand with the religious right.FULL REVIEW Star Wars: The Last Jedi, PG-13 The best Star Wars film since 1983 offers plenty to please all generations, as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hand the reins over to a new generation (Laura Dern, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver).At last, a Star Wars movie with a sense of humor and all the elements we've loved since 1977.Plummer hits a career high point at 88, as does director Ridley Scott, 80.The Post, PG-13 Great for grownups who lived through Nixon's tumultuous time (especially ones who disliked him), but Steven Spielberg's latest Oscar magnet may strike youngsters as a dull, didactic history lesson.
Funnier than Ed Wood and costarring James’ brother Dave Franco, it's the best buddy picture about bad filmmakers since Boogie Nights.But the whole clan will hail Margot Robbie as the driven skater and probable Oscar winner Allison Janney as her astoundingly awful, parakeet-wearing mom.FULL REVIEW Lady Bird, R Not just a coming-of-age film for the young, it's the best mother-daughter story since Terms of Endearment.The family-bonding story will make yours feel more bonded.Call Me By Your Name, R The focus is on a young man (Oscar front-runner Timothée Chalamet) and the elusive guy of his dreams, but some say his kindly dad (Michael Stuhlbarg) has the deepest scene. Darkest Hour, PG-13 The family can get a patriotic thrill cheering as Winston Churchill unites the Allies and beats Hitler, and Gary Oldman's stirring oratory likely wins him an Oscar.
Aaron Sorkin’s writer-director debut is superb, partly thanks to Kevin Costner, 62, as Bloom’s insanely demanding dad.