Patrick Wang’s particular skill as a filmmaker is his ability to approach well-worn narrative devices from fresh angles.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a silly, mood-shifting shaggy-dog anthology that feels at once structurally ambitious and almost perfunctory.
Danny Baron’s film awkwardly melds Bollywood romcom tropes with a half-hearted critique of the GMO industry.
By partially demonstrating what a fresher superhero movie might look like, it underlines its genre-defined limitations.
Michael Showalter is content to trade They Came Together’s mischievous genre deconstructionism for cheap-shot indie quirk.