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 his work in “Patriots Day.” In a year that has already included an exhilarating demonstration with “Deepwater Horizon,” Berg has found his niche and comfort zone within filmmaking. Compelling and sobering, […]

Film Review: ‘Live By Night’ Has Luscious Looks That Can’t Save Its Numbing Plot

With an impressive trio of films that any working director would be lucky to have on their résumé, Ben Affleck has proven to be a powerful force in Hollywood. Winning an Original Screenplay Oscar for 1997’s masterpiece “Good Will Hunting” with pal Matt Damon, he returned to the ceremony in 2012 for his Best Picture-winning […]

My Life as a Zucchini

Film Review: Claude Barras’ Tender ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Brings Social Realism to Animation

With a title like “My Life as a Zucchini,” you’d be forgiven for thinking that Claude Barras‘ new animated film would be a happy-go-lucky story with talking vegetables. But you would be sadly mistaken. Barras takes animation down rarely trod paths with this heartrending film centered around children dealing with issues surrounding death, depression and […]

Film Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Is an Arresting New Chapter for Fans and Newcomers to Relish

The “Star Wars” universe is a world of endless possibilities about what stories you can explore, with an unprecedented amount of quality thematic elements that can be examined. With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lucas Films and Walt Disney Pictures have started the analyzing elements of looking at different ways to tell the stories […]

Film Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Pure Goodness Featuring a Stellar Cast

There’s much to admire in Theodore Melfi‘s newest uplifting venture “Hidden Figures.” His ability to tap into the human condition and spirit has been proven with efforts like “St. Vincent.” Boasting an all-star cast that includes the talents of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, the 20th Century Fox feature emerges as one of […]

Silence

Film Review: ‘Silence’ Flourishes With Respect and Martin Scorsese’s Ultimate Legacy

Martin Scorsese has been a master of his craft for decades. It’s hard not to consider him our single finest director working today. With films like “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and now his newest endeavor “Silence,” we must now relish with the fact that we are witnessing a grand master of […]

Film Review: ‘I Am Bolt’ Brings the Feel-Good Vibes of its Superstar Athlete

Directed by brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner, the documentary “I Am Bolt” starts off with a bang. Opening with a montage featuring anthemic music while a narrator introduces a man with “physical strength and magnificent speed,” it could easily be mistaken for a superhero movie. As the title suggests however, the film’s subject is the […]

Film Review: ‘Fences’ Draws More Meaning to the Art of Acting

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington has made his mark on film history with such films as “Malcolm X” and “Glory.” His work as a director has admittedly struggled to find the right voice and aesthetic to capture the same passion he’s brought to his acting roles. In the adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning […]