Film Review: ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ is a Call For Compassion

By every measure, the current Pope is unlike almost any that has come before him. Humble, uninterested in material possessions, and determined to have...

Film Review: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Brings the Fun But Forgot the Story

The spinoff series of the "Star Wars" saga began with moral and emotionally complex "Rogue One" which brought stakes and sorrow to a beloved...

Film Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ Has Even More Insanity This Time Around

The Merc With a Mouth is back. After the massive (and surprising) success of "Deadpool," expectations were high for a sequel. Well, fans are...

Film Review: ‘Mary Shelley’ Is Assembled With as Much Grace as Frankenstein’s Monster

If ever there was a woman in literary history that deserved a biopic, it is Mary Shelley. The daughter of political writer William Godwin...

Film Review: ‘Breaking In’ Comes Up Empty

There’s nothing wrong with camp. With the trailer and tagline saying “Payback is a Mother,” “Breaking In” plays the camp card hard in its...
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Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Truly Is the ‘Life of the Party’

"Life of the Party" isn't going to get Melissa McCarthy an invitation back to the Academy Awards, but there is still a lot to...

Film Review: ‘RBG’ Pays Tribute to a Judicial Icon

Supreme Court Justices don't become celebrities. That's just not how it works. Well, that's not usually how it works. In the case of Ruth...

Film Review: ‘Tully’ Touches the Heartstrings with Charlize Theron’s Moving Turn

Not sure if Jason Reitman has been this attuned to the pulse of culture with his newest film "Tully" since his Oscar-nominated "Up in...

Film Review: Paulina García Is a Marvel in ‘The Desert Bride’

When we think of the term "starlet," the image that immediately comes to mind is a conventionally attractive actress in her teens or 20s....

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Zoe’ Asks Big Questions About Love

Throughout his career, filmmaker Drake Doremus has been examining the human experience. In particular, he seems fascinated by emotion, with love at the top....

Tribeca Film Review: Charm and Wit Help ‘In a Relationship’ Survive

Romantic dramedies that look at modern relationships are a dime a dozen at film festivals. Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival features a handful....

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Stockholm’ Cleverly Depicts the Birth of a Syndrome

Ever wonder where the term Stockholm Syndrome came from? Well, the condition gets an origin story of sorts with "Stockholm," an enjoyable heist film....

Film Review: ‘In the Last Days of the City’ Is an Elegant Requiem for...

How do you capture the essence of a city? Is it the people, the buildings, the sounds? In Tamer El Said's elegiac debut film...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Mapplethorpe’ Doesn’t Do Its Subject Justice

Few things are more frustrating than when a transgressive figure is given the standard biopic treatment. When you have a unique life to depict,...

Tribeca Film Review: Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Nomination Worthy in ‘All About Nina’

Wow. The first surprise of the Tribeca Film Festival for 2018 is this drama. "All About Nina" is a true gut punch of a...

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Rolls Emotions and Stakes into the Best Action Experience...

This review of "Avengers: Infinity War" is spoiler FREE.  I promise. The culmination of the last ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Disobedience’ Declares Elegance and Love As Its Universal Language

2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The sensual nature of love hasn't been explored or put on more display than what we discern in Sebastián Lelio's riveting...

Film Review: ‘Kodachrome’ Provides a Nice, If Predictable Ride

Midway through Netflix’s new film “Kodachrome,” Ed Harris’ photographer character laments the world’s move to digital. Film and prints are artifacts to his character...

Film Review: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Stretches Amy Schumer

Ever since bursting on to the scene a few years ago, there's been a toxic nature to the conversation surrounding Amy Schumer. Fans love...

Film Review: ‘Mercury 13’ Examines the Women Who Would Be Astronauts

There are moments in history that forever change the world. One of those time periods was undoubtedly the Space Race of the 1950s and...

Film Review: ‘Godard Mon Amour’ Falls Short of its Subject’s Greatness

There's a cruel irony that runs through "Godard Mon Amour", the latest nostalgia-tinged effort from Michel Hazanavicius. Its titular subject - famed pioneer of...

Sarasota Film Festival Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ is Emotionally and Visually Sincere

Over the past few years, there has been quite the resurgence of the teen film. While John Hughes defined much of the 1980s, many filmmakers...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Half the Picture’ Tells of Women’s Struggle to Direct

The past year has placed a renewed focus on the struggle of female directors in Hollywood. While 2017 represented a step forward, Greta Gerwig's nomination...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘We the Animals’ is a Dream

Over the past few years, there has been a boom in independent productions that have taken on the slice of life concept in film....

Film Review: ‘The House of Tomorrow’ Brings Heart But Little Innovation

Inventor R. Buckminster Fuller graced the world with many challenging and interesting innovations and ideas. His work serves as the basis for a coming...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Tatterdemalion’ Stumbles in the Woods

Exploring the deep recesses of the woods has long been an interesting trope in film. Many, such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "The...

Florida Film Festival: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ is a Heartwarming Love Letter

There are very few individuals in history who have meant as much to public television as Fred Rogers. The children's program "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" became...
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Film Review: ‘Lean on Pete’ Is an Odyssey of Heartbreak

The Road Trip Movie is one of the staples of American cinema. Some are funny, while others are terrifying. A few are dramatic or...

Film Review: ‘Andre the Giant’ is a Massive Exploration of Mythology and Wrestling

There are some figures that are simply larger than life. In the case of André the Giant, this is true as both a metaphor...

Florida Film Festival Review: ‘Dark Money’ Explores Campaign Finance Corruption

There's little doubt that Citizens United vs. FEC is one of the most disruptive Supreme Court decisions of this century so far. The decision...

Film Review ‘Zama’ Is a Stuffy Recreation of Colonial South America

Early in Lucrecia Martel's historical drama "Zama", there's a portentous scene that sets the one for the rest of the film. In it, a...

Film Review: Sean McNamara’s ‘The Miracle Season’ Is Heartfelt and Means Well

Once in awhile, a film comes along that has so much heart and earnestness, you can overlook its faults and appreciate it simply for...

Florida Film Festival: ‘TransMilitary’ Will Pull on Your Heartstrings

Over the last decade, documentaries examining a movement in progress are among the most riveting to observe. “CitizenFour,” “Icarus” and “The Case Against 8”...

Film Review: Joaquin Phoenix Is a Fierce Protector in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

The opening scenes of Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here" are jarring in a way that immediately throws the viewer out of balance....

Florida Film Festival Review: ‘American Animals’ is a Frenetic Docu-Heist Film

Whenever a documentary filmmaker makes the transition to narrative features, there is some concern over whether they can handle the change. It’s one thing...