Oliver Jones, New York Observer

Oliver Jones

New York Observer

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Oliver:

‘EO’ Is A Dark Exploration of Humanity, Technology and Nature, Yet Still Filled with Joy

The Jerzy Skolimowski film revolves around a donkey’s trans-European journey. It’s profoundly weird and deeply moving. → Read More

‘The Inspection’: An Important Story Of Pain And Survival, Told In a Limited Way

Director Elegance Bratton tells his life as a gay, unhoused man who enlists in the Marines. The performances of Jeremy Pope and Gabrielle Union shine, but the characters feel thinly drawn. → Read More

‘Armageddon Time’ Is A Beautifully Crafted Coming of Age Story That Falls Short

As we enter a golden age of filmmakers making movies about their formative years, James Gray recalls his childhood in '80s Queens — in ways that seem awfully close to François Truffaut's memories. → Read More

‘Holy Spider’: A Crisp, Engrossing Crime Thriller That Confronts Iran’s Power Structure

In this grungy noir — based on a true story — a serial killer in Iran who claims to be “waging a jihad against vice” by killing sex workers is pursued by a journalist. → Read More

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Takes on A New, Terrifying Relevance In Netflix Adaptation

Eight months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a new German version of Erich Maria Remarque’s nearly 100-year-old novel radiates both urgency and entrenched sadness. → Read More

David O. Russell’s ‘Amsterdam’ Is Overstuffed, Manic And Enthralling

It’s a murder mystery, romance, farce, war movie, political polemic and period piece rolled into one, with a sprawling cast that includes everyone from Robert DeNiro to Taylor Swift. → Read More

‘Moonage Daydream’ Is An Otherworldly Journey Into the Life and Art of David Bowie

The spectacular visuals of Brett Morgen’s documentary are best experienced large and loud. → Read More

‘Riotsville, USA’ Uncovers the Sixties Roots of the Militarization of the Police

Sierra Pettengill’s documentary shows how more than 50 years ago fake towns were built on army bases to teach the police how to suppress rebellion. → Read More

‘Beast’ Elevates Its Horror and Dumb Thrills With a Sense of Loss (And Idris Elba)

Themes of exploitation and environmental degradation make this something more than a cheesy late August monster movie. → Read More

‘Bullet Train’: Bombastic, Bloody, And Laden With Shallow Irony

Things have to be precisely calibrated for comedy to work amidst vicious violence. No such luck with ‘Bullet Train.’ → Read More

‘Vengeance’ Satirizes Media Elitist Smarm, But In a Smarmy Way

While B. J. Novak’s directing debut accurately, and amusingly, blasts the condescension of media towards non-urban outsiders, it also falls victim to the exact forces it means send up. → Read More

‘Fire of Love’ Documents a Couple’s Fascination With Volcanoes, Film, and Each Other

The epic volcano footage Maurice and Katia Krafft left behind after their deaths has been assembled with miniaturist precision by documentarian Sara Dosa. → Read More

‘Lightyear’ Is A Complex Exploration of Inner and Outer Space. Also There’s a Very Cute Cat

Sox the cat is the precise emotional support we've all craved during two-plus years of pandemic isolation. Also, Buzz Lightyear is in this movie. → Read More

In ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ The Dinosaurs Are Alive And Everyone Else Is a Cardboard Cutout

The latest Jurassic installment has joyful cinematic moments. What it doesn’t have: a plot, interesting characters, or compelling dialogue. → Read More

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: An Uneven Series Debut Shows Flashes of What Makes Stars Wars Work

They gave Obi-Wan Kenobi his own show yet somehow made him less interesting than he was during the 20 minutes that Alec Guinness played him in the original. → Read More

Jerrod Carmichael’s Remarkable ‘On the Count of Three’ Makes Comedy Out of the Darkest Day

Jarrod Carmichael’s dark comedy is so irreverent, serious, and heartrendingly sad that the unlikely outcome is spiritual uplift. → Read More

‘Doctor Strange’: A Barrage of Special Effects, Splashes Of Horror, And Nothing Up Its Sleeve

If all you want from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a torrent of special effects, you’re in luck. → Read More

‘Memory’: Liam Neeson Movie Gives a Hollywood Makeover To . . . Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that afflicts nearly 6 million Americans. This Liam Neeson action thriller treats it like a bad hangover. → Read More

‘The Bad Guys’ Rounds Up the Usual Suspects But Adds Some New Colors

There’s some fun and lots of familiar tropes as a crew of dastardly animals pull off capers in this DreamWorks homage to crime—and animated—films past. → Read More

With the Intriguing ‘Dual’ and Appalling ‘The Bubble,’ Karen Gillan Is the Face of Covid Ennui

In one pandemic parable, ‘Dual,’ Karen Gillan battles her own clone. In another, ‘The Bubble,’ she battles a terrible movie. → Read More