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: ‘Dune’

Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac star in part one of a masterful epic, directed by Denis Villeneuve. In 1970-something, I sat at the feet of Frank Herbert and listened to him talk enthusiastically about the prospect of Alejandro Jodorowsky adapting Dune (1965). Herbert’s novel was one of the first books I read as part of my youthful introduction to science fiction, and I … Continue reading Review: ‘Dune’