American Ultra (2015)

Here are the things to like about American Ultra: Kristen Stewart’s performance as a put-upon girlfriend. She’s fantastic, as always. The chemistry between Stewart and on-screen boyfriend Jesse Eisenberg, playing a kind of Cheech-and-Bourne stoner/super-soldier mashup. Some imaginative use of neon/black light colours. …and that’s it, sadly. American Ultra could have been a funny, energetic…

Justified – “Ghosts” (Season 4, Episode 13)

Who would have thought, watching the Justified pilot, that the line separating Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens would become so blurred? The two men, inextricably bonded, have always been two sides of the one coin, but after the season finale “Ghosts,” it’s not clear that they don’t deserve to inhabit the same, grimy side of…

Justified – “Decoy” (Season 4, Episode 11)

There’s nothing like the ever-present threat of death hanging over an episode of television to keep things interesting. Every moment in this week’s episode of Justified was heightened, every line carrying extra weight, as everyone manoeuvred to either protect or abduct Drew Thompson, whose history was fleshed out as he was frantically ferried from one…

Justified – “Outlaw” (Season 4, Episode 8)

“Jesus, I hope I got that right.” You sure did, Justified. After a couple average episodes in the middle there, Season Four excels with a momentous, captivating episode, brilliantly directed, acted and written. So much happens in this episode. Arlo meets his grisly end, a conclusion that seems obvious in retrospect but shocking in the…