Film Review: ‘Shaft’ Has Shameful Family Values

Tim Story's “Shaft” is the third film in the series to share the title, following Gordon Parks' inaugural 1971 version and John Singleton's 2000...

Film Review: ‘Being Frank’ Shows Jim Gaffigan in a Whole New Light

Lies cause pain. They're also nearly always discovered. In film, lies are sources of either comedy or drama, depending on the story being told....

Film Review: ‘Ma’ Is Ridiculous Fun Helmed by Octavia Spencer

"Ma" is one of the funniest films of the year, which would be great news if this was a comedy. As a horror flick,...

Film Review: ‘The Third Wife’ Unveils Sensuous Lust in 19th Century Vietnam

Despite existing for more than a century, the art of filmmaking still has the power to surprise and transport us. Whether it's a fictional...

Film Review: ‘Poms’ Proves Any Age Can “Bring It On”

As the Baby Boomer generation advanced toward retirement age, an entire new industry was born, dedicated to enticing the aging population to look forward...

Film Review: ‘The Hustle’ Misses the Mark

"Why are women better suited to the con?" Josephine asks Penny. "Because no man will ever believe a woman is smarter than he is,"...

Film Review: ‘The Fever and the Fret’ Blends Fantasy, Reality, and the Desire to...

When we're disillusioned with our circumstances, sometimes we slip into an altered state, another reality to escape our real one. In "The Fever and...

Film Review: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Finds A Winning Recipe

How does one even start a farm? That’s the question John and Molly Chester ask themselves from within their small Santa Monica apartment. John...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Clementine’ Explores Post-Breakup Emotions

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Breakups cause normally rational people to behave incredibly irrationally. Someone completely logical might act in a way that's irresponsible, even...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Two/One’ Muddles Through Half-Baked Philosophy

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The kernel of a compelling cinematic idea is presented in "Two/One," though it's an idea not explored in any satisfying...

Film Review: ‘The Souvenir’ Delivers A Delicate, Aching Portrait Of Affection

Writer-director Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” is unlike most films that look back on first love. It’s not bathed in saturated colors, nor doused in...

Tribeca Film Review: Werner Herzog Pays Tribute to a Friend with ‘Nomad: In the...

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Documentaries often seek to shine a light on a pressing political or social issue. Sometimes, they can attempt to color...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Plus One’ Makes For Appealing Company

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The inherent discomfort of being single at a wedding courses through the veins of "Plus One." This charming romantic comedy...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Skin’ Stays on the Surface But Jamie Bell Goes Deep

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Taking cues from several "redemption" tales, Guy Nattiv's "Skin," loosely based and tied to the Oscar-winning short from 2018, has...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘One Child Nation’ Provides a Heartbreaking Look at Law and Obedience

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Documentaries are the bedrock of education within the film world. So, when filmmakers like Nanfu Wang and Zhang Lynn are...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Stray Dolls’ Goes Astray

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Crime dramas work best when the element of curiosity and anxiety drive audiences to the end of the film, with...

Film Review: ‘El Chicano’ Is A Classic Superhero Story With A Super Heavy Twist

There is much to celebrate over a movie featuring an all-Latino cast focused on a purported superhero. In "El Chicano," those of us heard...
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Film Review: Romance Is Sweet in Uneven ‘Long Shot’

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are charming and sweet in, "Long Shot," a romantic comedy that never rises to their level. Rogen is Fred Flasky,...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Leftover Women’ Addresses China’s Dating Culture with Candid Perspective

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: By definition, “leftover” is assumed as something which remains when others have been used. In many areas of China, this...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘A Kid From Coney Island’ Shows Stephon Marbury’s Brooklyn Roots

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: One doesn't have to be a basketball fan to find a core of deep fascination and reflexivity in "A Kid...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Lost Bayou’ Brings Vivid Life to its Namesake

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The intricacies of sound design all too often go unnoticed for want of visual language. But when an independent drama...

Tribeca Film Review: Zoey Deutch is a Force Of Nature in ‘Buffaloed’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Envision the tailgating madness of the Eagles game shown in "Silver Linings Playbook" mixed with some of the financial shenanigans...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Only’ Presents a Post-Apocalyptic Love Story

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Ambitious science fiction told on a budget can cut both ways. On the one hand, limited resources spur unconventional creativity....

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Swallow’ Tells An Off-Putting Tale

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: An incredibly upsetting film with a stunning central performance, "Swallow" dares its audience to keep watching. Graphic and uncompromising, this...

Tribeca Film Review: Justin Long Expands His Abilities in ‘Safe Spaces’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Discomfort, both in terms of comedy and drama, reigns supreme in "Safe Spaces." This dramedy has a lot on its...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Kill Team’ Rivetingly Presents Combat With Warts and All

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Intense and raw, danger lurks around every corner in "The Kill Team." In an unusual turn, it's not just enemy...

Tribeca Film Review: Ambition Permeates ‘Framing John DeLorean’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: It is absolutely shocking Hollywood has not successfully made a biopic of John DeLorean. The story of the man behind...

Film Review: A Stylish War Emerges from Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’

Grabbing attention from the very first frame, there are few films as visually striking as Zhang Yimou's "Shadow". Though the director is known for...

Tribeca Film Review: Sabrina Carpenter Shines During ‘The Short History of the Long Road’

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Coming a year after Debra Granik beautifully covered similar territory in "Leave No Trace," there shouldn't be a freshness to...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Crown Vic’ Can’t Escape Cop Cliches

2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: Police Officers working the overnight shift face incredible challenges. Filmmakers often are fascinated by these men and women, seeing their...

Film Review: Storm Saulter’s ‘Sprinter’ Runs Straight from the Heart

"Hope is the thing with feathers." Famed poet Emily Dickinson surely wasn't thinking about 21st century immigration and athletics stardom when she penned this...

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Concludes With Heart and Standout Turns from Hemsworth, Renner, Gillan

This is a spoiler-free review of the latest film "Avengers: Endgame." The culmination of superheroes, villains, infinity stones, and quips all come to together in...

Film Review: Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ Puts Fans Onstage at Bey-chella

Some artists transcend every label applied to musical talent. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter isn't a performer. She is a phenomenon. Once one third of the talented...

Film Review: ‘Red Joan’ Bombs In More Ways Than One

Imagine being woken up in your quiet, suburban life by the sound of the British Secret Service there to arrest you for treason. Such...

Sarasota Film Festival Day 3: Winners Announced in Narrative Feature and Other Competitions

2019 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL: On Saturday night, the 21st annual Sarasota Film Festival's Closing Night Ceremony helped bring the festivities to a wrap at...