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Film Review: The Danish Girl (★★★½)

With the transgender movement heavily in the media with figures like Caitlyn Jenner, and countless others heading the conversation, a film like Tom Hooper's...

Film Review: Match (★★★)

I'm a huge fan of when an actor just gets to let loose with a juicy role and have the time of their lives,...

LA Film Festival Review: “Out of Iraq” depicts harrowing love story

There are very few true love stories that span 2 continents and last after 5 years spent apart under very trying circumstances. Nayyef and...

Life of Pi (***)

New York Film Festival: There are a lot of positive and admirable things about Ang Lee’s latest Life of Pi.  Cinematographer Claudio Miranda captures...

The Avengers (***½)

The first blockbuster of the 2012 summer movie season also happens to just plain old be one of the best films of the year...

Film Review: Sleeping With Other People (★★★½)

2015 Tribeca Film Festival: Like a breath of fresh air, Lesyle Headland's sophomore feature Sleeping with Other People gives the Tribeca Film Festival a...

Film Review: The Longest Ride (★★)

Author Nicholas Sparks works with a very simple formula he regularly cashes in on, so long as people remember he wrote The Notebook (never mind the fact...

Trouble with the Curve (**)

This old-fashioned father-daughter story feels like an old chestnut from the world of theater, even though it has no roots in the stage. It's...

The Dark Knight Rises (****)

The extraordinary burden placed on director Christopher Nolan to deliver a great film, a good one would disappoint, seems to have fuelled the gifted director to create...

Shame (***½)

What Director Steve McQueen and co-writer Abi Morgan achieve in the raw and powerful Shame starring breakout star of 2011 Michael Fassbender and Academy...

Take this Waltz (**)

Sarah Polley’s first feature film as a director, Away from Her (2007) was an extraordinary work, a startling love story but also a brilliant...

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (***)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World marks Lorene Scafaria's directorial debut following her well-received screenplay of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist....

NYFF: Surprise “Hyde” Stand Out, Germany’s “Barbara,” and the Love of “Liv & Ingmar”

Today the New York Film Festival brought a presumed Oscar hopeful, Germany's official submission for the foreign language category at the Academy Awards, and...

Sympathy for Delicious (***½)

Mark Ruffalo makes an impressive debut as a director in the very original and fantastical parable Sympathy for Delicious.  Working off of a fearless...

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: Ted 2 (★★★)

I think we can all agree that the humor of Seth MacFarlane is not for everyone. Depending on who you are, his jokes on...

The Intouchables (***)

An enjoyable enough crowd pleaser that was heavily nominated by France's César Awards (winning one for Best Actor and receiving another 8 nominations), 'The...

Film Review: The Revenant (★★★½)

Like a one-man solo act such as "All is Lost" and "Gravity," Alejandro González Iñárritu's newest and most ambitious work "The Revenant" blends one...

Your Sister’s Sister (***)

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton is a woman who had a whole host of options on the table for her after the success of her last...

LA Film Festival: ‘Moss’ Remains Consistently Inert

Films such as “Mud” or “Winter’s Bone” in recent years have provided a unique look into rural America. Andrea Arnold’s opus “American Honey” also...

Film Review: Ana Maria in Novela Land (★★½)

One thing telenovelas always are is dramatic. One thing they never are is cinematic. Bringing them to the big screen is a challenge, but...

Film Review: Sons of Ben (★★★)

What if I told you that with enough passion, organization, and luck, your efforts could lay the foundation for a multi-million dollar professional sports...

John Dies at the End (**½)

It's only the beginning of January, but I feel confident in saying that writer/director Don Coscarelli's new film 'John Dies at the End' will...

Piranha 3DD (*)

About 2 years ago 'Piranha 3D' was a guilty pleasure of mine when it opened. A real B movie delight, it was a movie...

Noah (★★★)

If there's two things out there that I really don't enjoy, it's stories from the bible and fantasy epics in the vein of The...

AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Her Smell’ Reeks Of Overcooked Pretension

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Alex Ross Perry's “Her Smell” is unrelenting in its depiction of a fictional punk star's imminent “rock bottom.” The inevitable...

50/50 (****)

Stricken with a shocking, confounding, and life-threatening cancer diagnosis, 27-year old Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is forced to deal with realities he never could...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Looks at Class Disparity With a Slow Burn

Neorealism is an acquired taste, film wise. For some, it is among the heights of cinema. For others, it can be a slog to...

Film Review: While We’re Young (★★★)

Indie darling writer/director Noah Baumbach continues his love affair with New York with the comedy While We’re Young, easily his most accessible film to...

Film Review: Boulevard (★★★)

As much as we all know that Robin Williams is an all time great comedian, I've always been more affected by his dramatic work....

The Three Musketeers (**)

Easily the weakest version of this well liked story to date, 'The Three Musketeers' continues to confirm that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is incapable...

Captain America – The First Avenger (***)

Delivering the final cinematic chapter before the upcoming “Avengers” blockbuster in 2012, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is an entertaining and visual marvel, aiming...

Film Review: Treading Water (★★½)

It's surprisingly hard to make a truly effectively quirky film. In the case of Treading Water, filmmaker Analeine Cal y Mayor has some moments...

AFI Film Review: ‘Loveless’ is as Cold as a Winter in Moscow

2017 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Cold and lifeless are the most apt words to describe "Loveless," Russia's official submission for the Foreign Language Film competition. Simply...

Film Review: How to Be Single (★★½)

For some reason, the annual Valentine's Day weekend romantic comedy offering tends to be a bit better than usual for a February release. This...

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