'Malcolm & Marie' is a showcase for its stars, and a headache for its viewers

Writer-director Sam Levinson spends a good deal of time in "Malcolm & Marie" complaining about critics, which feels like a boxer leading with his chin. Pairing Zendaya and John David Washington, the movie -- quickly and stealthily shot during the pandemic -- wins points for ingenuity, then loses them with its shrill tone and the uneven hairpin turns of its writing.

'Malcolm & Marie' is a showcase for its stars, and a headache for its viewers
Writer-director Sam Levinson spends a good deal of time in "Malcolm & Marie" complaining about critics, which feels like a boxer leading with his chin. Pairing Zendaya and John David Washington, the movie -- quickly and stealthily shot during the pandemic -- wins points for ingenuity, then loses them with its shrill tone and the uneven hairpin turns of its writing.