Film Review: ‘Passengers’ Brings Romance to Deep Space Travel

Getting lost in space has long been a staple of science fiction cinema. Whether alone or with a crew/family/stranger, the coldness of deep space is inherently thrilling. Now, when you factor in an unexpected romance, that gives something like “Passengers” a unique spin. Mixed with a “Cast Away” in a luxury hotel type setting, there’s […]

Film Review: ‘Doctor Strange’ Is Marvel’s Most Hypnotic Adventure Yet

The hits just keep on coming for Marvel Studios. The folks that can seemingly do no wrong have again taken a lower-tier superhero and spun gold. This time, it’s “Doctor Strange,” the latest edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a trippy, psychedelic, and really fun introduction to the world of magic within Marvel’s realms. […]

NYFF Film Review: ‘Paterson’ Showcases the Poetry of Everyday Life

2016 New York Film Festival: It takes a while to get into the rhythm that filmmaker Jim Jarmusch wants to establish with “Paterson.” Reflecting poetry as much as anything else, he manages something very unique. This is a film almost entirely about vibe – albeit alongside a captivating lead performance. It’s a risky proposition, but one […]

Film Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Mesmerizes in Oliver Stone’s Gripping Biopic ‘Snowden’

Folks, Oliver Stone is back. “Snowden” is not only the filmmaker’s best work in some time, it manages to do something fairly difficult. It maintains Stone’s righteous indignation and love of conspiracy while still focusing solely on telling a compelling story. Stone isn’t preaching to the choir or yelling on a soapbox, but merely delivering […]

Film Review: ‘Hell or High Water’ captures grit and anger with a powerhouse trio

There’s a fine line to be walked when a film attempts to capture the cultural, political, and societal zeitgeist while also telling a genre story. When it doesn’t work, you wind up with something that just rings completely false through and through. When it works though, you get something special, a bit of cinema that […]