Film Reviews

NYFF: Stray Dogs (★½)

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I freely admit that maybe there's something wrong with me. After all, colleagues I know and respect have told me how Stray Dogs is...

From the Head (**)

George Griffith's From the Head is the kind of low-grade, sleaze-posing-as-art indie that you're almost tempted to recommend because the lead performance is just...

Film Review: Triple 9 (★★)

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A top tier cast in search of a film, Triple 9 is a real wasted opportunity. This could have been a strong and gritty...

AFI Fest Film Review: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Is an Emotionally Unnerving Yet Vital...

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2016 AFI FILM FEST: Asghar Farhadi's “The Salesman” is another turbulent familial drama that's among the very best in the auteur's oeuvre. Pushing viewers'...

Wish I Was Here (★★★½)

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As someone who absolutely loved Zach Braff's directorial debut Garden State when it came out a decade ago, I've been looking forward to another...

Lone Survivor (★★★½)

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For most of the  two-hour plus running time of Peter Berg's true life war tale Lone Survivor, the film is content to simply be...

Berlinale Review: Steve Coogan’s Career-Best Performance Saves ‘The Dinner’ From Falling Apart

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2017 Berlin International Film Festival: Writer and director Oren Moverman is no stranger to intense subject matters. The Tel Aviv, Israel native was the mastermind...

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

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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...

Spring Breakers (***)

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Upon first inspection, there really was no reason for me to expect to enjoy Spring Breakers, especially considering I'm not big on filmmaker Harmony...

Film Review: Magic Mike XXL (★★★½)

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Just like Magic Mike turned out to be a surprisingly deep and satisfying film about the quest for the American Dream through the art of...

Film Review: Ivory Tower (★1/2)

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Is college worth the cost? Seriously, I’m asking for a friend. “Is college worth the cost?” is the semi-subtitle of Andrew Rossi’s padded and uneven...

AFI Fest Film Review: Selma (★★★)

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AFI Film Festival: Like Martin Luther King, Jr. before her, director Ava DuVernay is a trailblazer for people of color everywhere. Her films are...

Film Review: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Astonishes In Its Devastating Finale

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Entrenched in a web of visual astonishment and relentless emotion, Matt Reeves' cap to the "Planet of the Apes" prequel trilogy aptly titled "War...

Zero Motivation (★★★)

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Tribeca Film Festival: In this dark comedy, Zero Motivation offers audiences a glimpse into the lives of a group of female soldiers stationed in a remote...

Film Review: Fan Girl (★★½)

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LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Here's the thing about Fan Girl - it's great if you like the band All Time Low rather than if you...

My Name is Salt (★★★)

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LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Thoroughly composed and crafted there are going to be few documentaries are gorgeously made as My Name is Salt,...

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

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

Smashed (***)

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Any movie that touches on as deeply a personal experience as alcohol dependancy has to walk a very thin line in order to be...

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

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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...

Transformers – Dark Of The Moon (*½)

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When a director admits that a film he made was “crap” or that the process in completing the film was “a BS way to...

NYFF Film Review: ‘Ray & Liz’ is a Punishing Experience

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2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Oppressively sad cinema can bring about some incredibly strong emotions. Mainly when the filmmaker is depicting painful moments from...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (★★)

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NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The East Coast crowd was the first to finally get a look at Ben Stiller's long-awaited remake of "The Secret...

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

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

Florida Film Festival: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ is a Heartwarming Love Letter

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There are very few individuals in history who have meant as much to public television as Fred Rogers. The children's program "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" became...

The Girl (**½)

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Abbie Cornish gives 2012's best performance by an actress so far in the flawed drama 'The Girl'. The year is still somewhat young, but...

God Bless America (***)

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Comedian turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait has built his cinematic career on toying with an audience's expectations. With the possible exception of his directorial debut...

Cut Bank (★★)

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LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: If ever there was a film that was marketed in the wrong genre, it is Matt Shakman's Cut Bank. The...

SFIFF Review: ‘Infinity Baby’ Is a Hilarious and Absurdist Allegory Grounded by Pressing Sociopolitical...

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2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: "Infinity Baby" is writer Onur Tukel and director Bob Byington's vision of a "not-so-distant" Orwellian future in which...

Enemy (★★★★)

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Merging the sensibilities of David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock and David Cronenberg, Denis Villenueve's Enemy is a superb psychological thriller with a brutally unsettling nature...

SUNDANCE: Breathe In (***)

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Once again armed with a tremendous performance from Felicity Jones, up and coming filmmaker Drake Doremus successfully minds the romantic drama genre with his...

2013 LAFF: My Little Pony Equestria Girls (***)

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'My Little Pony Equestria Girls', created by Hasbro, from the beginning somewhat baffled me. With no recap leading into the world of Equestria, though...

Before Midnight (★★★★)

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last Thursday with Pre-Festival screenings giving press and industry personnel the opportunity to see the...

Film Fest 919 Review: ‘Bacurau’ is a Wild Experience

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Film Fest 919: Whenever a movie evolves before your very eyes, it can be an exciting thing to witness. Anything you've heard about "Bacurau"...

What If (★★★½)

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Even though this romantic comedy is essentially a modern update of When Harry Met Sally (though also a play adaptation as well), I found...

Argo (****)

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In the mid-2000's Ben Affleck was the last person I would have thought would change the course of his career and become one of...

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