The Looming Tower's tense "Y2K" is appropriately anticlimactic 

B-

There are upsides and downsides to the smart storytelling choices made in “Y2K,” the fifth episode of a series that’s thus far had plenty of the former and a few of the latter. That’s a rough distribution that remains true in this hour. The upsides are plentiful. At least one of the downsides, however, is a doozy, and…

Kiyoshi Kurosawa relocates to France with the underdeveloped Daguerrotype

C+

The Japanese writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a whiz of indistinct scares, has a taste for creepy fairy tales; a modernized take on Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” could have made an inspired choice for his first French-language project, but instead he offers up a dullish original in the form of Daguerrotype. (What’s…

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone delight in La La Land

Opening with a dance number set in a traffic jam and a gag lifted from The Girl Can’t Help It, La La Land (Grade: A- / B+) announces itself as a film both energized and limited by its commitment to movie musical tradition. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is a spectacular and bittersweet crowd-pleaser, but it’s…

The poor suffer while the one percent parties on The Last Panthers

B+

“Serpent’s Kiss” should be the defining episode of The Last Panthers, and it almost gets there. Khalil’s off-the-books sting operation, Milan’s liberation of Dragan, and Naomi’s investigation into the diamond heist—three relatively noble enterprises triangulating a new European conquest—are all swallowed up by the…

A coup gone wrong puts the “Last” in The Last Panthers

B

Here is where the crime miniseries starts to sound better as a movie. It’s the third episode of six, firmly in rising action territory. Only what’s the action? Naomi investigates the Panthers’ diamond dealer in London but loses the scent, forcing Tom to back the airport. Khalil investigates Les Agnettes against…

The Last Panthers should have watched The Wire

B+

“White Knight” doesn’t find any life in The Last Panthers, but it does the next best thing: It simulates it. If we can’t experience any relief, at least the characters can. Turns out there’s a world outside the grim and gritty crime drama. Tom isn’t funny, exactly, but he’s having a gay, old time making breakfast for…