All posts tagged "film review"

  • 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”...

  • The Pretty One (★★)

    From Schorr Pictures and Provenance Pictures, Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson star in this romantic comedy about life, love, and the complications of relationships.  ‘The...

  • Labor Day (★★)

    Over the past few years, Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman has shown great promise of what is to be a fine career for the director.  With films like Thank You...

  • American Hustle (★★½)

    The stars seemed aligned for David O. Russell‘s highly anticipated American Hustle in which assembles some of Hollywood’s most sought-after talent that includes Oscar-winners Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence along with Oscar-nominees Amy...

  • Out of the Furnace (★★½)

    There are great things to admire about filmmaker Scott Cooper, who made an admirable breakthrough in 2009 when directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar win...

  • AFI Fest: The Past (★★★½)

    The past is one of the main characters in Asghar Farhadi‘s new film, The Past (Le passé). Starring Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, and Tahar Rahim,...

  • AFI Festival: Little Black Spiders (★★½)

    Teen pregnancy and unwed motherhood is very much a taboo subject in 1978 Belgium when Katje (Line Pillet) arrives at a hospital where girls in...

  • AFI Fest: Child’s Pose (★★★★)

    By the time Child’s Pose ended all I could do was say “Man, that was a great movie.” Throughout the nearly two-hour running time I...

  • AFI Film Fest: Closed Curtain Review (★★★)

    What sounded like a one-man comedy that could have ended up with the same feel as ‘The Wall‘ (2013), Jafar Panahi and Kamboziya Partovi made...

  • Frozen (★★★★)

    Disney has truly outdone themselves this time.  Going back to their roots,  Disney has reinvented their signature storytelling abilities that made them great and the final...

  • AFI Festival: Out of the Furnace (★★★)

    With a cast of this caliber, you wouldn’t expect anything but one of the greatest films of the year. Unfortunately, Out of the Furnace misses...