All posts tagged "film review"

  • The Two Faces of January (★★★)

    Ambitious, gorgeous, even brave at times, though not always assured, Hossein Amini’s beautiful and cautiously constructed thriller The Two Faces of January is an admirable piece...

  • Ida (★★★)

    After years of working in the British film industry, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski returned to his homeland to direct the post-World War II drama Ida....

  • Jamie Marks is Dead (★★½)

      Jamie Marks is Dead is a very interesting animal. Being interesting, however, can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Indeed, this...

  • The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (★★★★)

      On January 11th 2013 Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who was facing a maximum of 50 years jail time and $1 million fine for...

  • If I Stay (★★★)

    Too often adaptations of young adult (YA) novels are shallow, adult recollections of what they presume is going on with the youth of today, desperately trying to...

  • The Trip to Italy (★★★½)

    It’s entirely possible that Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy is the most gorgeous looking comedy to ever exist. With stellar shots of the various...

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (★)

    I was raised with a cousin and brother who loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as much as the turtles loved pizza. I knew they were “heroes...

  • Into the Storm (★★)

    “So bad they’re good” movies carry their own cache of notoriety and acceptance. But it’s not like these movies automatically garner a theatrical release, right?...

  • Get On Up (★½)

    “The hardest working man in show business;” “The Godfather of Soul;” “Mr. James Brown.” If I wasn’t already aware of these monikers, director Tate Taylor...

  • Guardians of the Galaxy (★★★½)

    James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the best Marvel movie yet.  I challenge anyone who would place Iron Man or The Avengers over this action-packed and...

  • A Most Wanted Man (★★★½)

    The final moments of Anton Corbijn‘s latest film A Most Wanted Man are both gratifying and poetic.  Starring an impeccable cast that includes the late...

  • Lucy (★★)

    Luc Besson has brought forth some fabulous character creations over his directing tenure.  He introduced us to the awe-inspiring talent of Natalie Portman in The...

  • The Congress (★★★½)

    The blending of two worlds haven’t been this enjoyable in some time.  Director Ari Forman, who won his first Academy Award for Waltz with Bashir,...

  • Cinema Komunisto (★½)

    What’s that old show biz adage? Open with a bang? Well, Cinema Komunisto opens with a near-lethargic fizzle, pairing dated Yugoslavian footage (e.g. a bust of...

  • Land Ho! (★★)

    Old guy comedies/road trip movies have never tickled my fancy.  Grumpy Old Men with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau is mildly amusing in its 90′s...

  • Boyhood (★★★★)

    Every once in a while, you can witness something that hits you at your very core.  I’ve felt this very few times in my film loving...

  • Life Itself (★★★★)

    Roger Ebert meant so much to the entire film community and when it was announced that there would be a documentary about his life and...

  • Happy Christmas (★★★)

    It’s terrific to see filmmakers evolve in front of your eyes, especially as you see their filmmaking abilities and keen sense of moments expand from...

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (★½)

    How dare you Michael Bay?  How dare you?   I uttered that exact question to a passing critic upon walking out of the latest screening...

  • The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (★★½)

    This biographical documentary offers audiences a glimpse into the life of an icon of American journalism – Nat Hentoff. An ardent and prolific critic, writer,...

  • 22 Jump Street (★★★)

    Right off the bat, I have to let you know that if you haven’t seen 21 Jump Street, then I’m not sure that the sequel...

  • Godzilla (★★★)

    When there’s smoke, there’s fire and the screen is ablaze in Gareth Edward‘s reboot Godzilla.  From a technical and aesthetic level, the film is unmatched...

  • Filth (★★½)

    Great performance from McAvoy elevates British indie

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (★★★)

    After feeling like one of the only ones on the planet who actually enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man a few years ago, I went into The...

  • About Alex (★★★½)

    TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Large ensembles have the opportunity to say different things from different characters.  Before screening at Tribeca, many were calling this “our generation’s”...