Mike D'Angelo

Story Archive

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    This film will be only a footnote in Richard Linklater’s rich career.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    Director Stephen Chbosky deftly avoids many of the mawkish pitfalls endemic to this sort of inspirational story.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    The original film came out only 16 months ago. This is quite a rush job.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

    Reportedly, it was among the earliest screenplays written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    Viewers expecting a traditional, psychologically plausible narrative will wind up feeling cheated, even trolled, as it slowly metamorphoses into an unrepentant art film.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Adapted from former gossip columnist Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir, the film focuses on the turbulent relationship between Jeannette and her father.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    It’s a bit like pressing the elevator button again in the hope that doing so will somehow speed things along.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    More than 300,000 Allied soldiers pinned down on the beaches of France were successfully evacuated across the English Channel.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    It’s a shame the film stacks the deck by making the handful of humans cartoonishly evil, complexity be damned.

  • Noise

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Like most SNL-influenced movies—it's long on semi-improvised goofiness and short on actual jokes.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    This ludicrous movie’s sole pleasure is the sheer brazen nuttiness of its screenplay.

  • Pop Culture

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    You can see its DNA in everything from The Leftovers to Riverdale

  • Intersection

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    For $5 a day, you’ll have unlimited access to some 1,000 games, from classics like Guess Who? to modern favorites like Catan.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Here are some of our indie wishes this summer.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Director J.D. Dillard brings nothing particularly fresh to the material, staging violent confrontations that feel unerringly phony.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Colossal taps into the universal secret conviction that one’s most trivial actions are somehow world-consequential.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    If you’ve never seen Trainspotting, watching it in preparation would be a good idea, as T2 assumes pretty strong familiarity.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    A large cast of fine actors do their best to provide emotional ballast and some flashes of dark humor.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    A bizarrely goofy premise yields a richly human movie.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    The movie version remains stubbornly on the surface—a surface, moreover, that only a tiny number of people will view as intended.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

    Here, for the first time in ages, is proof that “thrilling” and “analytical” aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    This paean to courage and fortitude offers an alternative to recent superhero epics.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    It simulates amateurishness in the same highly professional manner as countless Blair Witch rip-offs before it.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    His wit is decidedly rusty now.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    The film was adapted from Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    A worthy, progressive thesis, but subtext elevated to text makes for tedious viewing, even when it’s gorgeous as this.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Watching it is a different sort of painful experience from watching a blatant hack job like Mortal Kombat or Silent Hill.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    If nothing else, it's endlessly creative, a quality in short supply these days.

  • Screen

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    The festival assembled arguably its best lineup in years, yet most of the finest achievements were completely ignored.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    It isn’t likely to spawn two hit soundtrack albums and a tour, as The Commitments did, but it does provide a little bit of soul, however plastic.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    A documentary about tickling endurance, and Colin Farrell possibly playing a lobster.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

    Its only goal is to freak the crap out of you, and it succeeds mightily.

  • Screen

    Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

    Reminding us that our best filmmakers are still at the top of their game isn't generally Sundance's brand, but who could possibly complain?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    While DiCaprio doesn’t really get the chance to give a great performance, he does manage to convey the character’s intense will to live.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    The film does an admirable job of laying out, step by step, the series of greedy decisions that wound up ruining so many lives.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

    Smith plays the neuropathologist who first identified a degenerative brain disease common among NFL players.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

    Some jokes hit, others miss, but the movie as an actual movie feels almost irrelevant.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    The story is about a boy who has spent his entire life—literally, since birth—living with his mother in a sociopath’s garden shed.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    As its title suggests, the film tells the story of the battle to secure women the vote.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    The only thing less believable than the ending is the fact that this movie exists in the first place.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    Steven Spielberg's latest flick makes rooting for integrity fun.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    Such remarkable courage deserves better.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

    Like most actual walks in the woods, the result will be forgotten as soon as it’s over.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

    The flick stars Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix (sporting an impressive beer belly).

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    The film is as much a celebration as an elegy.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Bring the tissues, parents.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Based on a true story only recently resolved in court, the French drama is in incisive character study.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    The best film that screened, Sicario starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, went home empty-handed. Find more on this year's film fest here.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    The film illustrates life under sharia law in Mali.

  • Film

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    It’s a solid telling of Thomas Hardy’s classic story.