Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Will Open the 55th New York Film Festival

It may be the start of the summer, but the fall festival season has gotten its first tease. Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the Opening Night Selection for the 55th annual New York Film Festival. It will be Richard Linklater‘s latest, the road trip movie “Last Flag Flying“. This immediately launches the flick […]

Weekend Openings: Return of The King of Comedy?

This weekend, Robert De Niro returns to stand-up comedy, along with one of the most unsettling films in quite some time. That combination makes for the main highlights in an interesting slate of new releases. It’s a busy group on the indie front, so you’re not just limited this weekend to your local multiplexes! Best […]

OPINION: Superhero Films at the Oscars and the Look Ahead

This year, “Deadpool” was snubbed at the Oscars. Ryan Reynolds, who put over 10 years of blood, sweat and tears into this project, gave one of the most unique performances in recent memory. Tim Miller did a fantastic job directing, and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick brilliantly wrote what many agree to be an artistic, […]

Weekend Openings: Oscar Nomination Bumps

This weekend, a would-be 2016 award hopeful and a potential 2017 tearjerker join the post Academy Award nomination market. Expect a big bump for Oscar nominees like “La La Land” and “Hidden Figures,” plus potential legs for M. Night Shyamalan‘s hit “Split.” Now, let’s check out what new options this slate has to offer today: […]

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New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (01/17/17) – Emily Blunt in Best Actress?

This week, there’s another sorry slate of Blu-ray and DVD titles. The saving grace is really only the opportunity to revisit an Emily Blunt performance gaining late Oscar attention. Other than that, it’s rough. Today’s a day to really value the Vintage pick! PICK OF THE WEEK “The Girl on the Train” Emily Blunt could […]

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 […]

Weekend Openings: Natalie Portman As First Lady

This weekend, Natalie Portman shines as former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, while the rest of the new releases struggle to keep pace. Portman and “Jackie” are the clear class of the group, without question. Aside from that, it’s slim pickings for the most part, as last weekend’s releases continue to expand as well. Definitely make […]

Film Review: ‘Allied’ Looks Classy Yet Winds Up Predictable

What a missed opportunity. All of the ingredients are found within “Allied” to result in a prime piece of Oscar bait. You have Academy Award winners in director Robert Zemeckis, as well as stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt. Nominee Steven Knight penned the screenplay. The list goes on. And yet, “Allied” feels like a […]

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 […]

Weekend Openings: Whistleblowers and Witches

This weekend, an Oscar hopeful biopic and a surprise horror sequel highlight the new releases. Both are hitting theaters along with a small collection of other titles, making for an interesting grouping. Considering how it’s the middle of September, the change in the air is palpable – not just weather wise, either. The movies are […]

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: ‘Weiner’ is a riveting and timely political documentary

I try to avoid hyperbole whenever possible, but I sincerely believe that Anthony Weiner is one of the most enthralling subjects of a political documentary that I’ve ever seen. He’s a classical tragic character, only thrust into shame due to modern technology. Weiner is a doc that leans into this, almost by accident, making for […]

Cannes Film Review: ‘Café Society’ Proves Another Hit for Woody Allen and Kristen Stewart

Legendary filmmaker Woody Allen is often cited, both positively and negatively, for cribbing liberally from his own back catalogue. With his latest outing Café Society, which just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, he’s instead opted to utilize the feel of his prior works, with fantastic results. Not only is this just a supremely entertaining […]

Tribeca Film Review: Dean (★★★½)

Comedian Demetri Martin has tried his hand at acting before, but not only does his debut filmmaking feature Dean show a whole new side of him in that regard, it also puts him forward as a writer and director well worth watching. This is an accomplished, funny, and surprisingly emotional dramedy that sneaks up on […]

Film Review: Sing Street (★★★½)

At this point, whenever filmmaker John Carney puts out a new musically themed movie, you should just assume that an absolute delight is coming your way. He first came on to our radar with the Academy Award winning Once, before fading away for a bit until 2013’s delightful Oscar nominee Begin Again. Now, he’s once […]

INTERVIEW: Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, Bryan Sipe, and Jean-Marc Vallee talk ‘Demolition’

Conversation, or the lack thereof in many cases, hangs over almost all of Demolition, the new film from director Jean-Marc Vallee opening this weekend. Whether it’s star Jake Gyllenhaal or supporting players like Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, and Naomi Watts, the characters in this Bryan Sipe penned movie struggle to explain themselves and what’s going […]

Film Review: Everybody Wants Some (★★★★)

I want to hang out with Richard Linklater. If the filmmaker’s life is anything like the semi-autobiographical hang out movies Dazed and Confused and now the spiritual sequel Everybody Wants Some, he leads a charmed existence. More importantly though, Linklater has found a way to extract the essence of his experiences and give us some […]