TIFF: ‘Spear’ is an exhilarating dance-cinema fusion

Before the relatively recent invention of cinema, the most popular modes of artistic entertainment comprised dance, music and theatre. Since the birth of cinema...

Starlet (*½)

When it comes to awkwardness, there's a fine line between endearing and uncomfortable, with a delicate balance being hard to come by.  Sean Baker's...

PAFF: Mike Colter takes charge in slight fest opener ‘America is Still The Place’

In a recent Hollywood Reporter discussion on diversity in film, an important point was brought up about narratives featuring minority protagonists. Namely, the fact...

Lockout (*)

Lockout is one of those movies that you cringe at and yet have muted optimism that it will become something different than what you...

Film Review: ‘Downsizing’ Is Stale but Hong Chau is Rich with Flavor

The innovation and creative mind of Alexander Payne have been far more particular than the cinematic world would like to admit.  While his style...

AFI Day 7: ‘Room 237’ and ‘Barbara’

Room 237 (**½) Stanley Kubrick is a genius and as such, he claims the right to make movies that warp the mind and puzzle the...

Film Review: Project Almanac (★★)

The latest spin on the found footage sub genre of movies, Project Almanac seeks to pair that filmmaking technique in the service of a...

Prometheus (***)

For about a 4-5 year span, Ridley Scott ruled the movie world.  Arriving amidst a post-George Lucas and Star Wars science fiction fervor, Scott...

Beasts of the Southern Wild (****)

The first major Academy Award™ contender is officially upon us with Benh Zeitlin's hypnotically spellbinding Beasts of the Southern Wild. The hype for this...

AFI Fest Film Review #2: American Sniper (★★★)

AFI Film Festival: "I'm not a redneck, I'm from Texas," Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) says to Taya (Sienna Miller), the woman who would become...

Film Review: R100 (★★½)

The kinky sex comedy gets a Japanese spin in R100, the latest film from director Hitoshi Matsumoto. This bizarre extravaganza dares you to take...

The Sessions (****)

The first time I really took notice of John Hawkes was during his stint on the brilliant HBO series Deadwood, where he portrayed gentle...

Middleburg Film Review: ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is the Darkly Rich Movie We...

2017 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: It's always nice to have a film blend the genres of black comedy and a hard-hitting drama successfully. You expect...

LA Film Festival Review: ‘Liyana’ is a Touching Documentary That Reminds Us of the...

Animation documentary hybrid “Liyana” marks a staggering feature debut for “The Hunting Ground” cinematographer pair, Aaron and Amanda Kopp. Executive-produced by Thandie Newton and...

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: Get a Job (★★★)

The trend of long delayed films turning out to be unnecessarily shelved continues with Get a Job. Now, this comedy isn't a lost masterpiece...

A Hijacking (***)

There's no fun to be had on the high seas with Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking, a frenetic Danish thriller that accurately captures the tense atmosphere...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Focuses on Technology and Nothing Else

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: With a luxurious resume that includes timeless films like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Brokeback Mountain," there has been...

Kaboom! (***)

Filmmaker Gregg Araki is an acquired taste, to say the least.  He’s made some interesting films, but aside from Mysterious Skin, I don’t think...

One Day (**½)

Although far more flawed than one might have hoped for, ‘One Day’ ultimately does do a number of things right, creating a not unenjoyable...

Film Review: Mommy (★★½)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: People who know Xavier Dolan know what they’re walking into when they buy a ticket for Mommy. While he has...

Of Gods And Men (****)

There was a large outcry when France’s “Of Gods And Men” failed to make the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for...

NYFF: Michel Gondry returns to form with ‘Microbe & Gasoline’

Filmmaker Michel Gondry always seems to swing for the fences, sometimes with great success, like with the masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,...

TRIBECA: ‘Farah Goes Bang’, ‘Fresh Meat’, and ‘Six Acts’

Farah Goes Bang (***) A filmmaker needs to do something to distinguish themselves when opting to make a road trip film, especially when it involves...

Bluebird (★★½)

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Debut writer/director Lance Edmands puts an admirable touch on his film Bluebird starring John Slattery and Amy Morton.  The story and...

Attack the Block (**½)

A late night film festival favorite over the past year or so, ‘Attack the Block’ is an interesting little sci-fi film, but one I found...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (★★★)

Decidedly old fashioned, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the type of film that will wind up playing on cable (I'm specifically think of a...

Illégal (**)

Often, on our shores, the topic of illegal immigration is isolated to the United States/Mexico border debate, but a growing number of films from...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Lady Bird’ Ignites with Humor and a Captivating Saoirse Ronan

2017 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: With an impressive resume that has spanned both in acting and in the writing room, the multi-talented Greta Gerwig...

Enough Said (★★½)

Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said goes down easy but is ultimately unremarkable, unmemorable, and at best a lower tier episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It...

Film Review: Phoenix (★★★)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Adapted from Hubert Monteilhet’s novel ‘Return from the Ashes,’ director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix has the air of a revisionist war...

Historical Circuit: ‘City Slickers’ Finds Comedy Gold

ACCA 1991: Over 25 years old, it's interesting to look at how the studio comedy has changed. Now we have raunchy comedies and action...

Film Review: ABC’s of Death 2 (★★½)

There's something that I always think will be missing with an anthology series such as this. Much like with the first film (The ABC's...

About Cherry (**½)

The initial goal of 'About Cherry' is one that's certainly intriguing. The drama sets out to chronicle the story of small town girl and...

Wuthering Heights (**)

After wowing me a few years back with her intense and very solid film 'Fish Tank', filmmaker Andrea Arnold stumbles greatly here with her...

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