Film Review: “Indignation” is one of the more quietly poignant films of the year

There's a ton of emotion flowing just underneath the surface of Indignation, a wonderful new movie that feels like it's from a bygone era...

Life of Pi (****)

AFI Festival: America has long celebrated films of great adventures and beautiful new worlds in fantastical stories, so it is little surprise that Ang...

Arthur (**)

A remake that seems to miss the point of what made the original a success, Arthur is a big misfire that completely wastes the...

The Descendants (½ Star)

I had a really hard time composing this review to Alexander Payne’s long-awaited sixth feature and widely acclaimed dramedy, as I know that it...

The Purge: Anarchy (★½)

2013’s The Purge was an unmitigated disaster, squandering every drop from a fascinating premise and boiling it down to a vaguely racist/classist home invasion...

Chasing Ice (***½)

From the producer of The Cove (2009), Chasing Ice (2012) is one of the most profound and phenomenally shot documentaries to be released in 2012. From...

Film Review: ‘Patriots Day’ Is a Poignant and Affecting Portrait of a National Tragedy

Peter Berg knows the power of suspense, but even more than that, he knows the virtue of the human spirit, as is demonstrated by...

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (***)

I've long been a big admirer of Edward Burns as a filmmaker. He's entertained me as an actor, but his contributions to cinema as...

Film Review: The Good Dinosaur (★★★)

Pixar offers another base hit for its already stunning performance as a well-oiled studio with Peter Sohn's "The Good Dinosaur."  Standing tall as one...

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...

Film Review: Rocks in My Pockets (★★½)

Animated films aimed at adults are rare in contemporary cinema, especially in Hollywood. We’re used to light-hearted fare that appeals to families in order...

Beasts of the Southern Wild (***½)

In the grand scheme of film criticism and the notion that groundbreaking directors can be born right out of their first feature, Benh Zeitlin's...

Film Review: ‘Woodpeckers’ Is a One-of-a-Kind Prison Love Story

This may sound like a corny reference, but one of the first things that came to mind while watching "Woodpeckers" was a line from...

Grown Ups 2 (**)

I don't think there's anyone out there who actually expected Grown Ups 2 to be a good movie, especially those of us who saw...

The Wall (**)

Set in the rural lands of Germany, 'The Wall' (MBox), also known as 'Die Wand' is about a woman who fights to survive when...

Win Win (***)

A good movie that never quite elevates itself up into the upper echelons that it obviously wants to reside in, Win Win is a...

Film Review: ‘Ready Player One’ Encapsulates All Steven Spielberg’s Blockbuster Strengths

Nostalgia. Special effects. A lack of at least one (especially male) father figure. All of these are staples of Steven Spielberg films, in particular...

The Wolverine (***)

Fear not, Wolverine is once again getting the respect he deserves. Also, boy does this film wipe away the bad taste that X-Men Origins:...

Green Lantern (*½)

Almost one year to the day when Warner Bros. and DC Comics released the awful and embarrassing “Jonah Hex” to more than 3,000 large...

Film Review: Good Kill (★★★)

2015 Tribeca Film Festival: Filmmaker Andrew Niccol has made a living documenting man's complicated moral relationship with machines/technology. From his screenplay for The Truman Show...

The Guilt Trip (**½)

I'm sure I'm hardly the only one who never expected to see Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand share the silver screen, but that's just...

Film Review: ‘mother!’ is Darren Aronofsky’s Relentless and Explicit Take on All of Us

One of the most disturbing, and mind shattering experiences in years, Darren Aronofsky's newest psychological thriller "mother!" is a merciless and chilling device.  Aronofsky...

Like Father, Like Son (★★★½)

A stirring melodrama that will leave you devastated, confused and compelled to ponder further, Kore-eda Hirokazu's depressing familial tale Like Father, Like Son...

Filth (★★½)

Great performance from McAvoy elevates British indie

Bad Words (★★★)

Actor Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut here with the spelling bee revenge comedy (a first of its kind, I'd wager) Bad Words, and...

The Three Musketeers (**)

Easily the weakest version of this well liked story to date, 'The Three Musketeers' continues to confirm that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is incapable...

Film Review: 99 Homes (★★★)

I've always felt that the films of Ramin Bahrani have ably mixed the indie with the mainstream in interesting ways, and that's never been more...

NYFF Film Review: Brooklyn (★★★½)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Often movies have a magical quality as you're viewing them.  Some will demand your undivided attention, others will hypnotize your...

Mother of George (★★★½)

Black cinema has another triumphant marvel on its hands with Andrew Dosunmu's unflinching and powerful Mother of George. Similar to Dosunmu's equally mesmerizing Restless...

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...

Film Review: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, and Taylor Sheridan Return to ‘Sicario: Day...

One can easily make the argument that this movie shouldn't exist. How many people were calling for a sequel to "Sicario" in the aftermath...

Film Review: ‘Alex Strangelove’ Has Little Heart

We’ve finally started to see high school movies center around LGBTQ+ characters. However, is it considered progress to now have our own fair share...

Historical Circuit: Wings (****)

Recovering lost films in Hollywood is a bit like treasure hunting. You never know what kind of rarities you are going to find, but...

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...

Film Review: ‘Love, Simon’ Has A Bigger Heart Than We Deserve

Greg Berlanti's “Love, Simon” is an adorable teen romance that enthusiastically defies the status quo. Drowning in hetero-normative high school coupling for too long,...