Film Review: Welcome to Me (★★★)

I don't think Kristen Wiig gets the credit she deserves for being a rather fearless actress. Sure, she often turns in clever comedic performances...

LAFF Review: Sin Alas (★★)

Sin Alas is a confounding film. On the one hand it’s a wonderful look into a culture that we don’t particularly see, at times...

Frozen (★★★½)

The most purely enjoyable Disney film I've seen in years, Frozen is a welcome throwback to some of their classic Princess films of yore....

Film Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Delivers a Compelling Diagnosis to the 2016 Election

Perhaps no subject is more fitting to any style of film than politics to the documentary. After all, documentaries seek to perpetuate a claim...

Film Review: Every Secret Thing (★★)

What a waste of talent. Despite a wealth of top notch individuals both in front of and behind the camera, Every Secret Thing is...

Pacific Rim (**½)

Perhaps I should have known better. For some reason, I was really looking forward to Pacific Rim despite all of the warning signs that...

Film Review: Selma (★★★★)

Passionate, informative, and tenderly told, Ava DuVernay's vision of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for voters' rights is fully realized in her...

Film Review: Cake (★★★)

Every once in a while, and admittedly not often enough, an actor or actress opens your eyes to talents you weren't aware they inhabited....

Film Review: Inherent Vice (★★★)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Let's start this off with a reward offering.  I'll pay anyone $20 if they can explain to me, in detail,...

Film Review: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Takes You on a Wonderful and Hopeful Journey

With cities and urbanization rapidly expanding across the globe, life on a farm feels as quaint as ever. As Americans, we move from the...

Film Review #2: McFarland, USA (★★★)

Disney's latest knows exactly what it takes to make a winning sports drama

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (★★★)

Oh Lars von Trier, you naughty boy you. I've seen both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of his new project Nymphomaniac, but I'll be...

Snippet Reviews: ‘Hitchcock,’ ‘Killing Them Softly,’ and ‘Any Day Now’

Sacha Gervasi's much-anticipated Hitchcock was supposed to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Master of Suspense's masterpiece (Psycho) and its improbable success....

The Lego Movie (★★★½)

Awesome is as awesome does, and in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie..."everything is awesome!" It's okay, I'll wait as you damage...

Brave (***)

A film so proficient in technical scope and detail, it's unfortunate to say that Disney•Pixar's Brave doesn't quite live up to the narrative standard...

LA Film Festival Review: ‘All About Nina’ is All About Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Comedians often times wring laughter from the fundamental truths they experience in their own lives. What makes Nina, the central character in Eva Vives’...

LA Film Festival Review: ‘And Then There Was Eve’ Introduces Strong New Talent

Missing person dramas work because they incite theories, the sense of discovery, and lay out a puzzle the audience needs to solve. Modern TV...

Chronicle (***)

As a child, in varying degrees, we often reach a place in life where we ponder what it would be like to have superpowers....

Terri (**)

An indie dramedy with a real identity crisis, ‘Terri’ wastes its strong acting on a script that goes absolutely nowhere.  Almost every single subplot...

Film Review: ‘Keep the Change’ Is a Precious Take on the Classic Romantic Comedy

As the spirit of activism attempts to upend longstanding Hollywood paradigms, efforts at more inclusive filmmaking practices is a trending topic. Indeed, Frances McDormand...

Some Velvet Morning (★★★)

Ladies and gentlemen, Neil LaBute is back. Some Velvet Morning is a dark, grim, chamber piece melodrama with some black comedy elements that has...

Berlinale Review: ‘Vaya’ Offers Rare Glimpse of Life in Johannesburg

2017 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The film "Vaya," by acclaimed South African director Akin Omotoso ("God is African," "Man On Ground"), which debuted last year...

Trishna (**½)

Trishna, a modern-day reinterpretation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, had me thoroughly engaged throughout the duration of its running...

NYFF Film Review: Experimenter (★½)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: There are filmmakers that are often handed cinematic gifts.  Gifts of material, that if done just competently, can be an...

My Week with Marilyn (***)

Without the Academy Award worthy performance of Michelle Williams in the title role, there wouldn't be too much to get excited about with 'My...

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (***)

Tom Cruise returns as agent Ethan Hunt in the entertaining spy sequel 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'.  It's the best installment of the franchise...

Sundance Review: Garrett Hedlund is Perfect in a Somewhat Imperfect ‘Burden’

Sundance Film Festival: If you weren't already convinced of Garrett Hedlund's talent before, just wait until you see "Burden." "Burden" comes from first time writer...

The People vs. George Lucas (**½)

A documentary that never quite manages to make itself more worthwhile than just as a gimmick, The People vs. George Lucas amounts to little...

Film Review: ‘Phantom Thread’ Charms with Fiery Performances from Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville

In an evolution of narrative explorations seen in today’s entertainment climate, it’s impressive to see someone like the exceptional Paul Thomas Anderson examining different areas of...

Romeo & Juliet (★★)

Did anyone back in High School actually enjoy watching their classmates awkwardly act out William Shakespeare plays in English class? Watching teenagers blandly recite...

No Strings Attached (***)

Legendary director Ivan Reitman has made some comedy classics, including Meatballs, Stripes, and Ghostbusters (hell, I even liked Ghostbusters II) during his career.  His...

Our Idiot Brother (***)

A far more intelligent and mellow comedy than the advertisements would lead you to believe, ‘Our Idiot Brother’ is an entertaining comedy with a...

Film Review: Shelter (★★½)

Over the course of 2015 (with 2014 film festivals counting as well), there's been a sudden boom in movies depicting life on the streets...

Telluride Review: ‘The Shape of Water’ Soars with the Passion of Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s "The Shape of Water" debuted at Venice a few days ago, and has now landed here in the mountains of Telluride....

As Above, So Below (★½)

There are a few fleeting moments in the new found footage horror film As Above, So Below where things get legitimately unsettling. There might...