Dope

Dope is a delightful, subversive, heartfelt piece of cinema. Inventive, sharp, well-cast and well-directed, and able to balance real-world issues with a fearlessly over-the-top approach. It’s the best movie I’ve seen this year, and it particularly shines for being released on the same day as Pixar’s surprisingly corporate and uninspiring Inside Out. The story: Malcolm, a straight-A geek in Inglewood is facing college applications, with his eyes set on Harvard. Malcolm navigates the poverty, despair, and drug-fueled crime of South Los Angeles by rejecting it entirely: He and his two nerdy friends are obsessed with the...

Inside Out

Inside Out isn’t bad, it’s just not especially good—certainly not by Pixar standards. It feels like a creative studio going through the motions—checking off boxes to put together a story with the proscribed number of thrills, jokes, emotional moments and lovable characters to...

Daredevil (Episodes ...

Perhaps my most telling reaction is that, weeks after finishing the first season, I don’t miss the show. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it while I watched it, but the appealing elements of the show never coalesced into addictive, irresistible entertainment. The scripts are...