‘Spin Me Round,’ ‘Small Town Crime’ and More Streaming Gems

‘Spin Me Round’ (2022) Stream it on Hulu. The director Jeff Baena and the actor Alison Brie first teamed for his 2016 film “Joshy,” and she’s been in every film he’s made since — not only starring in but co-writing his two most recent, “Horse Girl” (2020) and this slightly demented rom-com riff. Brie stars … Read more

Ari Aster Wants to Terrify (and Tickle) You With ‘Beau Is Afraid’

You’d expect the guy who made his debut with “Hereditary,” the 2018 supernatural thriller loaded with domestic possessions, shadowy shapes in corners and a fair amount of household witchery, to know about the horrors of home. And the writer-director Ari Aster’s version of that hell was a box in the East Village. “It was like … Read more

Little Lionsgate Soars to the Top With John Wick Ticket Sales

A small Hollywood studio, one that has struggled to remain relevant in a fast-changing film business, delivered a master class in movie franchise management over the weekend. The studio, Lionsgate, roared back to life at the box office with the blood-soaked “John Wick: Chapter 4,” which took in roughly $73.5 million at North American theaters, … Read more

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Review: Keanu Reeves Paints the Town Red

A vulgar pleasure of the “John Wick” series is that it aestheticizes violence without the usual blah-blah rationales and appeals to conscience. At once basic and off-the-charts nuts, each movie — the fourth opens this week — centers on a laconic assassin with a hazy back story and extraordinary skills. A virtuoso of death, Wick … Read more

‘A Good Person’ Review: Zach Braff’s New Chapter

An interesting litmus test of the shift in our zeitgeist’s consideration of female characters — or of female agency at large — exists in the space between the release of Zach Braff’s “Garden State” in 2004 and the reconstituted consensus around the film in the next decade. The movie remains a charming piece of mid-aughts … Read more