Capsules

Below is a list of all capsule reviews (i.e. under 400 words) on this site arranged by date of publication. Most of them originally appeared at this link. Note that italicized reviews are reviews of movies on DVD.

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July 2018
What to Watch on the Small Screen: July 2018

Capsules of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (***), Pather Panchali (****),
Jules and Jim (***), Girlhood (****), and In This Corner of the World (*** 1/2)

June 2018
What to Watch on the Small Screen: June 2018

Capsules of Walkabout (*** 1/2), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (***),
Late Spring (****), The Conversation (****), and Underworld (*** 1/2)

May 2018
New on Netflix & DVD: May 2018

Capsules of God’s Own Country (***), Witness for the Prosecution (** 1/2)
Beauty and the Beast (1946) (*** 1/2), Journey to Italy (****), Rififi (****), and Of Gods and Men (***)

34th Chicago Latino Film Festival

Capsules of Tigers Are Not Afraid (***), Last Days in Havana (****)Another Story of the World (**),
El Inca (** 1/2), I Will Wait for You (*), and The Desert Bride (*** 1/2)

April 2018
New on Netflix & DVD: April 2018

Capsules of The Iron Giant (***), Night and Fog (****)La Grande Illusion (*** 1/2),
Weekend (****), 45 Years (*** 1/2), Le Samourai (****), and Imitation of Life (****)

March 2018
New on Netflix & DVD: March 2018

Capsules of Up in the Air (***), Moon (*** 1/2)Notorious (****), The Big Heat (*** 1/2),
Middle of Nowhere (****), Easy Rider (*** 1/2), and sex, lies, and videotape (*** 1/2)

February 2018
Chicago’s 28th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Capsules of Blockage (**), 24 Frames (****)Disappearance (****), and Negar (* 1/2)

New on Netflix & DVD: February 2018

Capsules of The Hurt Locker (****), Goodfellas (****)Lincoln (** 1/2),
All About My Mother (*** 1/2), Boys Don’t Cry (***), The Outlaw Josey Wales (***), The Handmaiden (***), Fruitvale Station (***), and Never Let Me Go (***)

January 2018
New on Netflix & DVD: January 2018

Capsules of Marie Antoinette (****), American Graffiti (*** 1/2)Charlie Wilson’s War (***),
Miss Sloane (** 1/2), His Girl Friday (****), Ace in the Hole (****), Sweet Smell of Success (****), and Sophie’s Choice (** 1/2)

December 2017
New on Netflix & DVD: December 2017

Capsules of The Young Victoria (** 1/2), Full Metal Jacket (****)
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (***), Au Hasard Balthazar (****), The Circus (****),
Citizen Ruth (*** 1/2), Election (*** 1/2), About Schmidt (*** 1/2),
The Rules of the Game (****), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (****), and Laura (****)

November 2017
New on Netflix & DVD: November 2017

Capsules of Michael Clayton (***), The Best Years of Our Lives (***)Blood Simple (*** 1/2),
The Lady Vanishes (*** 1/2), Pariah (*** 1/2), and Beau Travail (****)

October 2017
53rd Chicago International Film Festival: Part II

Capsules of Hannah (****), Bitter Flowers (*** 1/2)Golden Years (****),
Liquid Truth (*** 1/2), Wind Traces (**), A Man of Integrity (****), and La Familia (** 1/2)

53rd Chicago International Film Festival: Part I

Capsules of A Ciambra (*** 1/2), The Other Side of Hope (****)The Confession (*** 1/2),
The Line (***), Birds Are Singing in Kigali (*** 1/2), Sicilian Ghost Story (*** 1/2),
and Let the Sunshine In (*** 1/2)

September 2017
New on Netflix & DVD: October 2017

Capsules of Before Midnight (*** 1/2), Eyes Wide Shut (***)Boogie Nights (****),
Incendies (*** 1/2), Force Majeure (*** 1/2), The Class (*** 1/2), Safe (****),
and Dogtooth (*** 1/2)

August 2017
New on Netflix: September 2017

Capsules of Graduation (*** 1/2), Carol (****)Gone Baby Gone (** 1/2),
The Squid and the Whale (*** 1/2), Requiem for a Dream (*** 1/2),
Amores Perros (*** 1/2), Gangs of New York (***), and Dead Poets Society (**)

January 2017
Hodgepodge

Capsules of Hell or High Water (*** 1/2)Zootopia (*** 1/2)Bernie (*** 1/2),
Me and Orson Welles (*** 1/2), The Awful Truth (*** 1/2)Bringing Up Baby (****),
The Philadelphia Story (****), and Battlefield Earth