TIFF Review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Is a Gripping, Breathtaking Treat for the Senses

It's been a long time coming for fans of 2009's "A Single Man", the impressive début feature that marked the arrival of an exciting...

Film Review: ‘It Comes at Night’ Brings Refreshing Fear and Disturbing Intensity

An eye for thrill-seeking cinema, director Trey Edward Shults redefines the term "heart palpitations" with his newest film "It Comes At Night."  With an...

That’s What She Said (***)

The most indie of the raunchy female comedies to hit in the post 'Bridesmaids' world, even if it went into production first, 'That's What...

The To Do List (***)

Comedic actress Aubrey Plaza finally gets a leading role (outside of her terrific work in the dramedy Safety Not Guaranteed) with the raunchy coming...

Film Review: ’71 (★★★½)

Mark my words (just like I said back at the New York Film Festival when I first saw this film)...Jack O’Connell is going to...

Bindlestiffs (**½)

When Kevin Smith announced 2 years ago at the Sundance Film Festival, after the initial screening of 'Red State', that he was going to...

Film Review: Goon (**½)

An odd little hybrid between 'Slap Shot' and early Adam Sandler films, 'Goon' doesn't quite know what type of hockey movie it wants to...

SXSW Snippet Reviews: Some Girl(s), Reality Show, and Big Ass Spider

SXSW is winding down now and there's only two films left for me to screen, the Zac Efron led At Any Price and The...

Film Review: The End of the Tour (★★★½)

Wow. As much as I've come to expect strong work from filmmaker James Ponsoldt and actor Jesse Eisenberg, I was absolutely blown away by...

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...

Snippet Review: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

Nine years after Peter Jackson put a wrap on The Lord of the Rings trilogy (LOTR), the acclaimed director returns to Middle-earth with The...

The Help (***½)

Passed around in book club circles in virtually every community North, South, East, and West, Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel, “The Help”, reached the zeitgeist...

Film Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment (★★★½)

One of the most captivating experiences I've had in a theater so far this year, The Stanford Prison Experiment is absolutely riveting. Uncomfortable by...

NYFF: Blue is the Warmest Color (★★★½)

Ever since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, most of the chatter surrounding Abdellatif Kechiche's movie Blue is the Warmest Color has been...

Arbitrage (***½)

Arbitrage is a film that might seem like little more than a energetic, well acted film about the financial crisis, but underneath the surface...

Film Review: Jupiter Ascending (★★½)

After the atrocity that was Cloud Atlas, (sorry to its few fans) I expected Andy and Lana Wachowski to deliver a near-three hour opus of...

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...

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...

Telluride Review: ‘La La Land’ Dances Its Way Straight to the Top of the...

2016 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Writer/director Damien Chazelle burst onto the scene in 2014 with his dramatic film, "Whiplash," which earned him a Best Adapted Screenplay...

Film Review: The Gunman (★★)

It's kind of surprising to me that director Pierre Morel hasn't worked more consistently since shepherding the out of nowhere hit Taken to the...

Film Review: Tracks (★★★)

Even though it's taken over a year to get to screens (the film debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival before being picked up...

Belle (★★★)

Amma Asante's Belle is a sumptuous costume drama that rides on a wave of sentimentality, earning every touching moment that could seem corny in less capable...

Monsters University (**½)

Not even the coldest of hearts can resist the affable charm of monster-duo Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan (Billy Crystal and John Goodman,...

NYFF Film Review: The Lobster (★★★★)

It took some time to let Yorgos Lanthimos' new film "The Lobster" settle into my mind.  On the surface is a dark comedy, full...

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival: The Act of Killing (**)

Before Werner Herzog signed on as executive producer for Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn's provocatively titled documentary out of Denmark, Norway and the UK,...

Bernie (***½)

Jack Black easily gives the best performance of his career so far in the quirky true crime story 'Bernie'. Writer/director Richard Linklater has made...

Ceremony (***)

‘Ceremony’ is a modest little film that takes a decent premise and manages to make a successful piece of cinema out of it due to...

Film Review: Blackhat (★½)

Over an hour into Michael Mann's Blackhat I started channeling fearless leader, Clayton Davis. I said to myself, "Self...will I let my shallow love...

Intramural (★★★)

Tribeca Film Festival: Director Andrew Disney gained many fans back in 2011 with his comedic/mystery film Searching for Sonny.  At this year's Tribeca Film...

Red State (***½)

With ‘Red State’, Kevin Smith has a done a complete 180 as a filmmaker.  The writer/director known for being a premiere comedy auteur has made...

Film Review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Is a Sultry Treat From Tom Ford

Tom Ford's seductive thriller "Nocturnal Animals" is hypnotic in every sense of the word. Exhibiting an all-star cast where everyone brings their A-game, this feature...

Godzilla (★★★½)

I love when a summer blockbuster can do things with a bit of art. Such is the case with the reboot of Godzilla, a...

Ender’s Game (★★★)

While I've never read the cult favorite book that it's based on (and likely won't ever due to author Orson Scott Card's rather unfortunate...

The Double (**)

The new spy thriller The Double from writer/director Michael Brandt starring Golden Globe Winner Richard Gere and Topher Grace,  shows massive potential before ultimately failing...

Film Review: Cake (★★★)

Every once in a while, and admittedly not often enough, an actor or actress opens your eyes to talents you weren't aware they inhabited....

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