Film Review: ‘The King’ Makes Elvis A Metaphor For America

About 40 minutes into the documentary "The King," filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is asked what he's doing with this film. He's even asked if he...

Film Review: ‘Hereditary’ Scares But It’s Toni Collette’s Performance That Will Bring So Much...

With the scares and horror of such classics like "The Exorcist," writer/director Ari Aster's brilliant debut "Hereditary" constructs a fascinating and chilling portrayal of...

Film Review: ‘Alex Strangelove’ Has Little Heart

We’ve finally started to see high school movies center around LGBTQ+ characters. However, is it considered progress to now have our own fair share...

Film Review: Drug Cartel Thriller ‘Believer’ Supplies Explosive Action

If you thought Hollywood had the cornered the market on seemingly unnecessary remakes, think again. Back in 2012, Hong Kong director Johnnie To's "Drug...
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Film Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Is a What Summer Movies are Meant to Be

There's a new Ocean in town, and she's bringing some friends. "Ocean's 8" opens on Debbie (Sandra Bullock), younger sister to the one and only...

Film Review: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ is the Song of the Summer

There's magic to be found within this movie. "Hearts Beat Loud" is like a great album, washing over you with different ebbs and flows....

Film Review: ‘Adrift’ Strands Shailene Woodley at Sea

Mother Nature is a harsh mistress. Struggles against the elements have been depicted in film to stunning degrees. Then, there's "Adrift." A cliched romance...

Film Review: ‘A Kid Like Jake’ Talks Around Its Title Character

Independent cinema has always been ahead of Hollywood when tackling social issues on the big screen. "A Kid Like Jake" centers around a potentially...

TV Review: Laura Dern is Awards-Worthy in HBO’s ‘The Tale’

The documentary form commands a great deal of power and prestige. It allows us to explore a new part of our real world through...

Film Review: ‘On Chesil Beach’ is a Heartbreaking Tale of Love and Pride

There is a simplicity in the beauty of Dominic Cooke's period drama, "On Chesil Beach." The film, which Ian McEwan adapted from his own 2007...

Film Review: ‘Cargo’ Trudges Through Some Interesting Territory

Will we ever place a moratorium on the zombie genre? We are now on the other side of “The Walking Dead” syndrome, where any...

Film Review: ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ is a Call For Compassion

By every measure, the current Pope is unlike almost any that has come before him. Humble, uninterested in material possessions, and determined to have...

Film Review: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Brings the Fun But Forgot the Story

The spinoff series of the "Star Wars" saga began with moral and emotionally complex "Rogue One" which brought stakes and sorrow to a beloved...

Film Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ Has Even More Insanity This Time Around

The Merc With a Mouth is back. After the massive (and surprising) success of "Deadpool," expectations were high for a sequel. Well, fans are...

Film Review: ‘Mary Shelley’ Is Assembled With as Much Grace as Frankenstein’s Monster

If ever there was a woman in literary history that deserved a biopic, it is Mary Shelley. The daughter of political writer William Godwin...

Film Review: ‘Breaking In’ Comes Up Empty

There’s nothing wrong with camp. With the trailer and tagline saying “Payback is a Mother,” “Breaking In” plays the camp card hard in its...
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Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Truly Is the ‘Life of the Party’

"Life of the Party" isn't going to get Melissa McCarthy an invitation back to the Academy Awards, but there is still a lot to...

Film Review: ‘RBG’ Pays Tribute to a Judicial Icon

Supreme Court Justices don't become celebrities. That's just not how it works. Well, that's not usually how it works. In the case of Ruth...

Film Review: ‘Tully’ Touches the Heartstrings with Charlize Theron’s Moving Turn

Not sure if Jason Reitman has been this attuned to the pulse of culture with his newest film "Tully" since his Oscar-nominated "Up in...

Film Review: Paulina García Is a Marvel in ‘The Desert Bride’

When we think of the term "starlet," the image that immediately comes to mind is a conventionally attractive actress in her teens or 20s....

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Zoe’ Asks Big Questions About Love

Throughout his career, filmmaker Drake Doremus has been examining the human experience. In particular, he seems fascinated by emotion, with love at the top....

Tribeca Film Review: Charm and Wit Help ‘In a Relationship’ Survive

Romantic dramedies that look at modern relationships are a dime a dozen at film festivals. Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival features a handful....

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Stockholm’ Cleverly Depicts the Birth of a Syndrome

Ever wonder where the term Stockholm Syndrome came from? Well, the condition gets an origin story of sorts with "Stockholm," an enjoyable heist film....

Film Review: ‘In the Last Days of the City’ Is an Elegant Requiem for...

How do you capture the essence of a city? Is it the people, the buildings, the sounds? In Tamer El Said's elegiac debut film...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Mapplethorpe’ Doesn’t Do Its Subject Justice

Few things are more frustrating than when a transgressive figure is given the standard biopic treatment. When you have a unique life to depict,...

Tribeca Film Review: Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Nomination Worthy in ‘All About Nina’

Wow. The first surprise of the Tribeca Film Festival for 2018 is this drama. "All About Nina" is a true gut punch of a...

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Rolls Emotions and Stakes into the Best Action Experience...

This review of "Avengers: Infinity War" is spoiler FREE.  I promise. The culmination of the last ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Disobedience’ Declares Elegance and Love As Its Universal Language

2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The sensual nature of love hasn't been explored or put on more display than what we discern in Sebastián Lelio's riveting...

Film Review: ‘Kodachrome’ Provides a Nice, If Predictable Ride

Midway through Netflix’s new film “Kodachrome,” Ed Harris’ photographer character laments the world’s move to digital. Film and prints are artifacts to his character...

Film Review: ‘I Feel Pretty’ Stretches Amy Schumer

Ever since bursting on to the scene a few years ago, there's been a toxic nature to the conversation surrounding Amy Schumer. Fans love...

Film Review: ‘Mercury 13’ Examines the Women Who Would Be Astronauts

There are moments in history that forever change the world. One of those time periods was undoubtedly the Space Race of the 1950s and...

Film Review: ‘Godard Mon Amour’ Falls Short of its Subject’s Greatness

There's a cruel irony that runs through "Godard Mon Amour", the latest nostalgia-tinged effort from Michel Hazanavicius. Its titular subject - famed pioneer of...

Sarasota Film Festival Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ is Emotionally and Visually Sincere

Over the past few years, there has been quite the resurgence of the teen film. While John Hughes defined much of the 1980s, many filmmakers...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Half the Picture’ Tells of Women’s Struggle to Direct

The past year has placed a renewed focus on the struggle of female directors in Hollywood. While 2017 represented a step forward, Greta Gerwig's nomination...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘We the Animals’ is a Dream

Over the past few years, there has been a boom in independent productions that have taken on the slice of life concept in film....