Film Review: ‘In the Last Days of the City’ Is an Elegant Requiem for...

How do you capture the essence of a city? Is it the people, the buildings, the sounds? In Tamer El Said's elegiac debut film...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Mapplethorpe’ Doesn’t Do Its Subject Justice

Few things are more frustrating than when a transgressive figure is given the standard biopic treatment. When you have a unique life to depict,...

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...

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Rolls Emotions and Stakes into the Best Action Experience...

This review of "Avengers: Infinity War" is spoiler FREE.  I promise. The culmination of the last ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to...

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: ‘Kodachrome’ Provides a Nice, If Predictable Ride

Midway through Netflix’s new film “Kodachrome,” Ed Harris’ photographer character laments the world’s move to digital. Film and prints are artifacts to his character...

Film Review: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Stretches Amy Schumer

Ever since bursting on to the scene a few years ago, there's been a toxic nature to the conversation surrounding Amy Schumer. Fans love...

Film Review: ‘Mercury 13’ Examines the Women Who Would Be Astronauts

There are moments in history that forever change the world. One of those time periods was undoubtedly the Space Race of the 1950s and...

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...

Sarasota Film Festival Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ is Emotionally and Visually Sincere

Over the past few years, there has been quite the resurgence of the teen film. While John Hughes defined much of the 1980s, many filmmakers...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Half the Picture’ Tells of Women’s Struggle to Direct

The past year has placed a renewed focus on the struggle of female directors in Hollywood. While 2017 represented a step forward, Greta Gerwig's nomination...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘We the Animals’ is a Dream

Over the past few years, there has been a boom in independent productions that have taken on the slice of life concept in film....

Film Review: ‘The House of Tomorrow’ Brings Heart But Little Innovation

Inventor R. Buckminster Fuller graced the world with many challenging and interesting innovations and ideas. His work serves as the basis for a coming...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Tatterdemalion’ Stumbles in the Woods

Exploring the deep recesses of the woods has long been an interesting trope in film. Many, such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "The...

Florida Film Festival: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ is a Heartwarming Love Letter

There are very few individuals in history who have meant as much to public television as Fred Rogers. The children's program "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" became...
A24 | Lean on Pete

Film Review: ‘Lean on Pete’ Is an Odyssey of Heartbreak

The Road Trip Movie is one of the staples of American cinema. Some are funny, while others are terrifying. A few are dramatic or...

Film Review: ‘Andre the Giant’ is a Massive Exploration of Mythology and Wrestling

There are some figures that are simply larger than life. In the case of André the Giant, this is true as both a metaphor...

Florida Film Festival Review: ‘Dark Money’ Explores Campaign Finance Corruption

There's little doubt that Citizens United vs. FEC is one of the most disruptive Supreme Court decisions of this century so far. The decision...

Film Review ‘Zama’ Is a Stuffy Recreation of Colonial South America

Early in Lucrecia Martel's historical drama "Zama", there's a portentous scene that sets the one for the rest of the film. In it, a...

Film Review: Sean McNamara’s ‘The Miracle Season’ Is Heartfelt and Means Well

Once in awhile, a film comes along that has so much heart and earnestness, you can overlook its faults and appreciate it simply for...

Florida Film Festival: ‘TransMilitary’ Will Pull on Your Heartstrings

Over the last decade, documentaries examining a movement in progress are among the most riveting to observe. “CitizenFour,” “Icarus” and “The Case Against 8”...

Film Review: Joaquin Phoenix Is a Fierce Protector in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

The opening scenes of Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here" are jarring in a way that immediately throws the viewer out of balance....

Florida Film Festival Review: ‘American Animals’ is a Frenetic Docu-Heist Film

Whenever a documentary filmmaker makes the transition to narrative features, there is some concern over whether they can handle the change. It’s one thing...

Film Review: ‘6 Balloons’ Flatlines as a Drug Drama

There’s a long tradition of comedy actors fielding praise for going dramatic. Robin Williams has earned Oscars for it. Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell and...

Film Review: ‘Where Is Kyra’ Finds Michelle Pfeiffer a Nice Starring Role

Few stars shine as bright as Michelle Pfeiffer. With performances like “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and even as recently as “mother!” and “The Wizard...
Focus Features | Finding Your Feet

Film Review: ‘Finding Your Feet’ Is a Warm Blanket by the Fire

Some films satisfy our need for art, while others exist for the spectacle of big budget effects. And then there are films like "Finding Your...

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...

Historical Circuit: Ridley Scott’s ‘Thelma and Louise’ is Still Going After All These Years

There's a moment near the end of "Thelma and Louise" where the infamous duo must make a choice. One says to the other, "Let's...

Historical Circuit: The Enduring Legacy of John Singleton’s Poignant ‘Boyz n the Hood’

ACCA 1991: During the recently concluded awards season, the Hollywood Reporter published an interesting article in honor of the success of "Get Out". In...

Film Review: ‘Blockers’ Is Hilarious And Not What You’re Expecting

A comedy about parents trying to stop their teenage daughters from having sex? There's so much that could have gone wrong with "Blockers," and...

Film Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ Cranks Up The Tension to Maximum Volume

John Krasinski of NBC's “The Office” fame ironically finds nothing amusing about a post-apocalyptic family in preternatural peril. As writer-director, Krasinski devises a centralized...

Film Review: ‘Gemini’ Brings Indie Noir to Hollywood

There's something about Los Angeles and Hollywood in particular that lends itself well to film noir. Depicting the City of Angels as having 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...

Historical Circuit: ‘Bugsy’ Still Holds Its Own 27 Years Later

The Academy Awards honoring movies from the 1991 film-year were the fourth I had sat through as a young movie-lover (save me your old...

Film Review: ‘The China Hustle’ Is a Sobering Reminder of the Perils of Unregulated...

By no fault of its own, Jed Rothstein's "The China Hustle" is an eye-opening yet somewhat underwhelming documentary. Thanks to prominent media coverage and...