Film Review: The Hateful Eight (★★★)

Having the time of his life, Quentin Tarantino's newest western romp "The Hateful Eight" features the writer/director's slickest and wildest ensemble since "Inglourious Basterds." ...

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (**)

Quietly, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid has transitioned successfully from a massively popular youth book series to an impressively lucrative film series. While the...

Let Me Out (**)

Friday night at the Downtown Independent Theaters in Los Angeles, a group of photographers await the arrival of the creators and the cast of...

Film Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and Mel Gibson Shine a Light on Brutality and Service

Say what you will about director Mel Gibson in regards to his personal life and choices he has made, but the guy knows how...

LFF Film Review: Mountains May Depart (★★½)

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Mountains May Depart starts on perhaps my favourite opening shot of the year. Kicking it off with the Pet Shop Boys’...

Film Review: Top Five (★★★)

The third time was certainly the charm for Chris Rock as a filmmaker. After making somewhat entertaining yet more than slightly unfulfilling movies like...

Film Review: The Connection (★★½)

There's an inherent fascination watching how a different country presents a series of events, righting the wrongs or emphasizing a particular level of victimhood....

Film Review: French Dirty (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: The joy of film festivals are their personal ventures you won’t see in the multiplex. Here, filmmakers weave home video footage into...

Begin Again (★★★½)

If you've been waiting for another movie to come along that comes close to capturing the magic of Once, then Begin Again just might...

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...

Gravity (★★★★)

There is a sensational and overwhelming power that Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller "Gravity" possesses and manages to sustain in its 90 minute run time.  I...

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...

LA Film Festival Review: “Out of Iraq” depicts harrowing love story

There are very few true love stories that span 2 continents and last after 5 years spent apart under very trying circumstances. Nayyef and...

Horrible Bosses (***)

While it’s not quite as hilarious as ‘Bridesmaids’ was (I doubt many things this year will be though), ‘Horrible Bosses’ is still one of the...

Film Review: Entourage (★★★)

While you won't miss anything by having never seen an episode of the show, Entourage as a film is manufactured strictly as fan service....

Film Review: ‘Jackie’ Commands the Screen With Natalie Portman Heading the Charge

A biopic that breaks the barriers and conventions of the genre, Pablo Larrain's "Jackie" layers itself as a deeply felt drama masquerading as a...

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...

We Have A Pope (**)

After the death of the Pope, the Conclave hold a vote to determine the new Pontiff. Speculation runs rampant that the new Pope will...

Don Jon (★★)

Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, certainly means well. However just because a film means well doesn't mean that it's guaranteed to be a...

Sundance Film Review: Everyone Wins in ‘Fighting with My Family’

2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: One of the more unusual inclusions in the Sundance lineup this year was a mysterious Surprise Screening that appeared on...

I Melt With You (**½)

A bleak cross between 'The Hangover' and 'Very Bad Things' without the laughs and mixed with a big dash of Neil LaBute thrown in...

Escape From Tomorrow (★★½)

While I can't relate to Disney bashing, I am unique in the sense that I find amusement parks deeply unsettling (Disneyland®, Disneyworld®, Disney's California...

Film Review: Ex Machina (★★★)

There's no doubt that veteran genre writer Alex Garland is a man with ideas to burn. Oftentimes, it seems like he takes a simple enough...

Edge of Tomorrow (★★★)

What a satisfying summer film this is. For a good portion of Edge of Tomorrow's running time, you're watching one of the more original...

TRIBECA: The Pretty One (***½)

The humor tinged drama 'The Pretty One' had a lot of ways in which it could have turned out poorly.  It's got a high...

Tyrannosaur (***)

There is bleak, there is challenging, and then there is "Tyrannosaur", a film made in the tradition of the British "kitchen sink realism" movement...

Marley (***)

Was anyone really asking for a nearly 2 and a half hour documentary on legendary musician Bob Marley? I can't answer that question, but...

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (**)

It is a rite of passage as a child. Conquering the unsettling calm of the dark, the bumps in the night, the noises that...

Thin Ice (**½)

The twist at the end of 'Thin Ice' is pretty good if you look at in a bubble. Unfortunately, the film itself isn't good...

Film Review: Big Eyes (★★★)

Call me crazy, Tim Burton's newest dramedy "Big Eyes" starring five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is a witty,...

Man from Reno (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: While its ethnically diverse cast marks a nice change of pace for the typically whitewashed movie genre known as...

Film Review: The Overnight (★★½)

2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: There's a point during Patrick Brice's darkly comedic film "The Overnight" where the humor goes from infectiously enjoyable to awkwardly unnerving....

2013 LAFF: When I Saw You (2012) (***)

One of the films that redeemed this film festival for me is 'When I Saw You (2012)', written and directed by Annemarie Jacir. This...

NYFF Film Review: Ethan Hawke Ponders Big Questions in ‘First Reformed’

2017 New York Film Festival: Filmmaker Paul Schrader has always had a lot on his mind when making movies. Whether writing "Taxi Driver" or...

Film Review: Simshar (★★★)

Each year, technological advances help to foster an increasingly "globalized" world. There's no denying that we are now more connected than we've ever been....