Leigh Monson has been a professional film critic and writer for six years, with bylines at Birth.Movies.Death., SlashFilm, and Polygon. Attorney by day, cinephile by night, and delicious snack by mid-afternoon, Leigh loves queer cinema and deconstructing genre tropes. If you like insights into recent films and love stupid puns, you can follow them on Twitter.
'Louis Wain' goes through the motions of a standard biopic with only an occasional acknowledgment that a distinctive life probably deserves more artistic flair in its presentation.
This 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' finale is a very entertaining way to close out a season full of ups and downs.
However much the film is limited in its feminist perspective, the sheer technical competence and strength of the performances makes 'The Last Duel' an entertaining tale.
The reminder in 'Freeland' of the individual human cost of social progress is empathetic, prescient and needed.
The writers are becoming more comfortable experimenting with the form and function of their weird little stepchild of the 'Star Trek' brand.
'I, Excretus' certainly doesn’t get points for being novel in its execution, but it does bring enough charm and silly sketch comedy sensibility to stay fresh.
There’s a lot of potential in “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie,” both comedic and dramatic, but it feels disserved by either episode runtime or split attentions.
It’s hard not to respect just how big of a swing 'Blue Bayou' is, even if it doesn’t quite have the focus to follow through.
For the first time since this season started, I’m actually excited to see where things go from here.
A hilarious side character carries the humor while the main cast delivers on a promise of found family and emotional growth.
'Everybody’s Talking About Jamie' is inoffensive enough. However, given the subject matter, it might have been worthwhile to give a bit more offense.
This episode feels like a dangerous portent for the season to come when two of its three predecessors were only marginally less underwhelming.
There needs to be more to modernizing a classic than slapping a coat of corporate-approved girl power on top.
An interesting plot twist sandwiched between some nicely lit shots is just not enough to hang a film on.
As integral as Boimler and Mariner are to the fabric of 'Lower Decks', it’s nice to finally have a window into the dimensions of another main character.
While it’s not the show at its best in either hilarity or originality, it’s still a fun time to return to the USS Cerritos.
A battle between two old guard forces would have been better served by a film that didn’t hold pretense of following up one of the best crime thrillers of recent years.
An artistic vision so specific that it can become more interesting for how alien it is than for how it wishes to engage with you emotionally.
Don’t go in expecting to fall in love with a whole new world, but maybe you’ll feel a little bit more uplifted about the one you live in.
'Stillwater' avoids being a misfire by at least being interesting to parse, but don’t expect its ultimate purpose to resonate emotionally.
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