Review: ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Plumbs the Depths of Fandom

Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen do their best in Sam Raimi’s woebegone sequel.  Frequently incomprehensible, occasionally ludicrous, but never predictable, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marks a dispiriting return to feature filmmaking for director Sam Raimi, though it’s business as usual for producer Kevin Feige.  Raimi enlivened the 1980s by helming a trio of energetic, low-budget genre pictures before his peak period in … Continue reading Review: ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Plumbs the Depths of Fandom

Review: ‘The Courier,’ Neck on the Line

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the titular role of a real-life suspense drama that explores the Cuban Missile Crisis from a fresh perspective.  Stern and tight-necked people abound in The Courier, and no wonder! Heightening tensions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1960 threatened to erupt into another world war, one that might end everything, due to the proliferation of nuclear weapons on both sides of … Continue reading Review: ‘The Courier,’ Neck on the Line