Film Review: ‘The Light Between Oceans’ has class but falters the message of love

A film full of class, and one of the most aesthetically beautiful films to grace the screens this year, Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans” manages some tender and enchanting moments.  With that said, it stumbles and falters in certain executions of character motivation and generic story structure.  Cianfrance has performed remarkably well in his other […]


Film Review: ‘XOXO’ is an unoriginal story about EDM culture

The streaming service’s latest original film, “XOXO” (no connection to the Portland festival of the same name) revolves around the titular electronic and dance music festival and how the lives of six attending strangers intersect during a feverishly blissful, romantic night. If Hollywood has learned any lessons about making films about DJ’s after last year’s […]


Film Review: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a ruthlessly entertaining genre flick

At the beginning of Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance, our protagonist Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård) is seen accepting the “Citizen of the Year” award in his Norwegian mountain community. A snowplow driver by profession, he maintains a simple, diligent lifestyle with his wife and son. But the honor bestowed upon him soon becomes […]

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Film Review: ‘Floyd Norman: An Animated Life’ pleasantly celebrates a Disney legend

Talk to any aficionado of animated films today and the names Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and John Lasseter should be very familiar. As animators and filmmakers emerging from the powerful Disney/Pixar juggernaut, they have used their talents to build illustrious careers in the world of film. These titans of animation however, owe much of their […]

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Film Review: Disney’s rebooted ‘Pete’s Dragon’ breathes Spielbergian magic

David Lowery has crafted a truly heartwarming children’s adventure with Disney’s latest iteration of Pete’s Dragon. While it lacks The Jungle Book’s visual innovation from earlier this year, it’s impossible to deny how refreshing it is to watch a tentpole summer movie that simplifies conflict to core human values rather than incredulous global stakes. Lowery, […]


Film Review: ‘Sausage Party’ Brings Raunchy Laughs and an Oscar Worthy Song

Animation has never been such a fantastic blend of fun and dirty as seen in “Sausage Party” from Sony Pictures.  Created as the movie your perverted older brother made in high school but you can’t help but love him for it, the definitely offensive but enthusiastically rapturous romp is the surprise hit of the summer. Directors […]


Film Review: ‘The Little Prince’ Manages Rich Entertainment

  What happens when a beloved fairy tale grows up? This is one of the ideas that Netflix’s latest film “The Little Prince,” based on the famous book “Le Petit Prince” by the French writer/poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, tries to illustrate, taking the familiar story to new grounds. Whether young or old, it’s hard not […]


Film Review: ‘Tallulah’ Is a Refreshing Piece with Ellen Page

  The directorial debut film from “Orange is the New Black” writer Sian Heder is much like her other Netflix project – it’s able to find the humor in the despair and the empathy in the anguish. “Tallulah”, a tale about the struggles of motherhood, is a funny and heartfelt film with three beautifully complex […]

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Film Review: Survival drama ‘Into the Forest’ chainsaws assumptions with an effective minimalist approach

Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest ditches all tropes and genre sensationalism implied by its title for a truly groundbreaking minimalist approach that only a studio like A24 could nurture. Instead of focusing on the “why” or “who” or “what” involved with the global power outage that ushers a slow-burn apocalypse, Rozema is more interested in […]