Chris Klimek

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What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Friday, November 12, 2021

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: the show Love Life, the podcast The Shrink Next Door and more.


What's making us happy: A guide for your weekend watching, listening and reading

Friday, October 08, 2021

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's a new French horror movie, Titane, Netflix's Midnight Mass, and the web series Dimension 20.


Daniel Craig is the bookend Bond, giving 007's story a beginning — and an end

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The last James Bond movie to star Daniel Craig is out today; Chris Klimek argues that Craig is the "bookend Bond," showing us 007 at the beginning and end, but never the prime of his career.


What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Friday, August 06, 2021

Each week, the guests and hosts on Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. Today it's Making the Cut, The Twilight Saga and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.


What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Friday, July 09, 2021

A top-secret cache of sperm is stored under the Space Needle in Hot White Heist. Bob Odenkirk stars as a suburban dad with a secret identity in Nobody. And it's Criterion Collection's neonoir month.


In The Derivative Action Flick 'Bloodshot,' Diesel Delivers Low-Octane Thrills

Thursday, March 12, 2020

As a soldier reanimated by nanobots, Vin Diesel — "a lumbering fireplug who runs like John Wayne and fights like Roger Moore" — underperforms.


'First Cow': A Profound, Ruminative Western

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Two men struggle to eke out a living in the Oregon Territory by stealing the milk of a wealthy landowner in writer-director Kelly Reichardt's film.


A Drug Kingpin Worries Over His Imminent Regicide In 'The Gentlemen'

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Guy Ritchie returns to the genre he made his bones on, and the film's "rigorous and largely circular" plot is fun; more fun than McConaughey's undercooked performance, anyway.


'1917' Is Gripping, Visceral And Strangely Beautiful

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Sam Mendes' technique — stringing together a series of long takes to seem continuous, as if the story's events unfold in real time — makes for a "wholly absorbing cinematic experience."


Why Are There No New Christmas Songs?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is back at the top of the chart a quarter century after it was first released. So why haven't there been any lasting Christmas songs to take its place?


Sneer Campaign: 'Richard Jewell'

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Clint Eastwood's workmanlike account of a man falsely accused of the 1996 Olympic bombing clears Jewell's name while baselessly and maliciously smearing a real-life reporter's in the process.


A Middling 'Midway'

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Roland Emmerich's CGI-heavy depiction of the WWII battle that turned the tide in the Pacific isn't boring, but it's familiar beats ensure it's more a movie about war movies than it is about war.


In 'Terminator: Dark Fate,' A Faltering Franchise Gets A Hard Reset

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Linda Hamilton is back — and funny! — as Sarah Connor in a lean, propulsive and women-centered sequel that seeks to wave away the recent sequels in the Terminator franchise.


Springsteen Concert Film 'Western Stars' Sheds No New Light

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The film dutifully captures the 14 songs from the Boss' latest album, but the half-hour of extra interstitial footage doesn't supply any new or meaningful context.


'Zombieland: Double Tap' Taps Into Nostalgia For Its Predecessor

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The in-jokes and callbacks come at you faster than the zombies do in this agreeable return to the world of the 2009 horror-comedy.


A Breezy Look At The Making Of A Blaxploitation Classic: 'Dolemite Is My Name'

Sunday, October 06, 2019

In this 'buoyant but slight' Netflix film, Eddie Murphy plays comic Rudy Ray Moore, who found blaxploitation stardom in the persona of the swaggering Dolemite.


'Ad Astra' Soars

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Distance — both interplanetary and emotional — is the subject of James Gray's "stirring sci-fi epic" that stars Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones.


Mawkish 'Blinded By The Light' Wears Its Too-Hungry Heart On Its Sleeve

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Film critic/Springsteen superfan Chris Klimek says Gurinder Chadha's film about a British-Pakistani kid who finds inspiration in The Boss's music is affected and cloying.


Better Stunts & Actors, Just As Derivative: 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw'

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The "genial flexfest" of a spinoff is the "most agreeable" of the franchise, which once again slickly repackages set pieces from other, better, more innovative action films.


Tarantino's Turned-On, Tuned-In Tinseltown: 'Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood'

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Call it peak Tarantino: The writer/director's ninth film — about a Manson-family-adjacent actor and his stuntman — is an ode to the grimy, neon-lit place and time that shaped him.