Tribeca Film Review: ‘Plus One’ Makes For Appealing Company

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The inherent discomfort of being single at a wedding courses through the veins of "Plus One." This charming romantic comedy...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘See You Yesterday’ Brims With Creativity

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Filmmaker Stefon Bristol arrives on the scene as an exciting storyteller to watch out for in "See You Yesterday." The...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Skin’ Stays on the Surface But Jamie Bell Goes Deep

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Taking cues from several "redemption" tales, Guy Nattiv's "Skin," loosely based and tied to the Oscar-winning short from 2018, has...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘One Child Nation’ Provides a Heartbreaking Look at Law and Obedience

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Documentaries are the bedrock of education within the film world. So, when filmmakers like Nanfu Wang and Zhang Lynn are...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Stray Dolls’ Goes Astray

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Crime dramas work best when the element of curiosity and anxiety drive audiences to the end of the film, with...

Film Review: ‘El Chicano’ Is A Classic Superhero Story With A Super Heavy Twist

There is much to celebrate over a movie featuring an all-Latino cast focused on a purported superhero. In "El Chicano," those of us heard...
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Film Review: Romance Is Sweet in Uneven ‘Long Shot’

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are charming and sweet in, "Long Shot," a romantic comedy that never rises to their level. Rogen is Fred Flasky,...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Leftover Women’ Addresses China’s Dating Culture with Candid Perspective

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: By definition, “leftover” is assumed as something which remains when others have been used. In many areas of China, this...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘A Kid From Coney Island’ Shows Stephon Marbury’s Brooklyn Roots

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: One doesn't have to be a basketball fan to find a core of deep fascination and reflexivity in "A Kid...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Lost Bayou’ Brings Vivid Life to its Namesake

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The intricacies of sound design all too often go unnoticed for want of visual language. But when an independent drama...

Tribeca Film Review: Zoey Deutch is a Force Of Nature in ‘Buffaloed’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Envision the tailgating madness of the Eagles game shown in "Silver Linings Playbook" mixed with some of the financial shenanigans...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Only’ Presents a Post-Apocalyptic Love Story

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Ambitious science fiction told on a budget can cut both ways. On the one hand, limited resources spur unconventional creativity....

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Swallow’ Tells An Off-Putting Tale

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: An incredibly upsetting film with a stunning central performance, "Swallow" dares its audience to keep watching. Graphic and uncompromising, this...

Tribeca Film Review: Justin Long Expands His Abilities in ‘Safe Spaces’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Discomfort, both in terms of comedy and drama, reigns supreme in "Safe Spaces." This dramedy has a lot on its...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Kill Team’ Rivetingly Presents Combat With Warts and All

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Intense and raw, danger lurks around every corner in "The Kill Team." In an unusual turn, it's not just enemy...

Tribeca Film Review: Ambition Permeates ‘Framing John DeLorean’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: It is absolutely shocking Hollywood has not successfully made a biopic of John DeLorean. The story of the man behind...

Film Review: A Stylish War Emerges from Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’

Grabbing attention from the very first frame, there are few films as visually striking as Zhang Yimou's "Shadow". Though the director is known for...

Tribeca Film Review: Sabrina Carpenter Shines During ‘The Short History of the Long Road’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Coming a year after Debra Granik beautifully covered similar territory in "Leave No Trace," there shouldn't be a freshness to...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Roads’ Focuses On The Journey

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Cinema, and especially independent cinema, is permeated with the road trip movie. Stick a character or two in a car,...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Crown Vic’ Can’t Escape Cop Cliches

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Police Officers working the overnight shift face incredible challenges. Filmmakers often are fascinated by these men and women, seeing their...

Film Review: Storm Saulter’s ‘Sprinter’ Runs Straight from the Heart

"Hope is the thing with feathers." Famed poet Emily Dickinson surely wasn't thinking about 21st century immigration and athletics stardom when she penned this...

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Concludes With Heart and Standout Turns from Hemsworth, Renner, Gillan

This is a spoiler-free review of the latest film "Avengers: Endgame." The culmination of superheroes, villains, infinity stones, and quips all come to together in...

Film Review: Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ Puts Fans Onstage at Bey-chella

Some artists transcend every label applied to musical talent. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter isn't a performer. She is a phenomenon. Once one third of the talented...

Film Review: ‘Hail Satan’ Expertly Spotlights a Misunderstood Religion

Who would’ve guessed a Satanic organization would be the heroic figure of a documentary this year? Director Penny Lane (“Nuts!”) sets her sights on...

Film Review: ‘Red Joan’ Bombs In More Ways Than One

Imagine being woken up in your quiet, suburban life by the sound of the British Secret Service there to arrest you for treason. Such...

Sarasota Film Festival Day 3: Winners Announced in Narrative Feature and Other Competitions

2019 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL: On Saturday night, the 21st annual Sarasota Film Festival's Closing Night Ceremony helped bring the festivities to a wrap at...

Sarasota Film Festival Day 2: Narrative Feature Competition Concludes With ‘Too Late to Die...

2019 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL: The Sarasota Film Festival is very well ran and put together organization. The mood here is very laid back, as...

Sarasota Film Festival Day 1: Narrative Feature Competition Begins With ‘In Fabric,’ ‘The Third...

2019 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL: The 21st annual Sarasota Film Festival has been underway since April 5, opening with Avi Belkins' doc, "Mike Wallace is...

Film Review: ‘Little’ Brings Big Laughs to an Uneven Story

Sometimes, even when a story doesn't quite come together, it all still works. The new film "Little" is a perfect example. Often laugh-out-loud funny,...

Film Review: ‘Sauvage’ Is a Striking Tale of Unrequited Queer Love

The trope of the "hooker with a heart of gold" has become such a mainstay in cinema that ardent cinephiles and casual movie fans...

Film Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ Is as Bleak and Murky as a Maine Swamp

"Sometimes dead is better." That iconic refrain has been part of every phase of marketing for the new adaptation of Stephen King's "Pet Sematary."...

Film Review: ‘Shazam!’ Has the Heart of a True Hero

Finally! The DC Extended Universe has been largely a mess since Warner Bros. rushed to copy the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whereas...

Film Review: ‘Peterloo’ Looks at History with Mike Leigh’s Visual Sensations

The British may have defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, but all was not well back home. In the years that followed, unrest...

Film Review: ‘Working Woman’ Carefully Navigates the Pitfalls of the Patriarchy

It's been almost two years since the #MeToo movement exploded as a major cultural movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Unsurprisingly,...

Film Review: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Takes You on a Wonderful and Hopeful Journey

With cities and urbanization rapidly expanding across the globe, life on a farm feels as quaint as ever. As Americans, we move from the...