Film Reviews

Bully (***½)

"Some kids had told him over and over that he was worthless and to go hang himself. And I think he got to the...

LAFF 2013: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (***½)

Black civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs is one of the most intelligent and energetic 97-year-old women to ever grace the screen. Every second...

Film Review: Schmitke (★★★)

The woods can be a creepy, dangerous place. That's what the title character in Stepan Altrichter's Schmitke learns as he finds himself caught up...

TIFF: ‘River’ is a nightmarish, entertaining thriller

Cinema has long been a great tool for cross-cultural discourse, with co-productions between national film industries becoming increasingly prevalent. One such example is Jamie...

The Babymakers (***)

I can't say that I've ever been a fan of the Broken Lizard comedy troop's films. 'Super Troopers' seems to be the one that's...

Film Review: The Ladies of the House (★★★)

An independent horror film that Quentin Tarantino would almost certainly champion and love if he were to come across it, The Ladies of the...
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Sundance Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Gives in to Quiet Desperation in ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

Sundance Film Festival: As the world becomes increasingly obsessed with on demand entertainment, is there a place for poetry and art? This is a...

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...

NYFF Film Review: ‘The Florida Project’ Glows In Newcomer Bria Vinaite

2017 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Sean Baker bottles the aura of the underprivileged Florida culture with his raw, and at times harrowing "The Florida Project." ...

Historical Circuit: Ridley Scott’s ‘Thelma and Louise’ is Still Going After All These Years

There's a moment near the end of "Thelma and Louise" where the infamous duo must make a choice. One says to the other, "Let's...

What’s Your Number? (**)

I like Anna Faris as a comedy actress, I really do.  If only she'd star in better projects than mediocre stuff like 'What's Your...

Like Someone in Love (***½)

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy) once again triumphantly disrupts the natural order of mainstream cinema. With his latest offering -- the sleek, dreamy...

Blue Jasmine (***½)

One thing that Woody Allen never has a problem with when putting together a new film is finding a top notch cast. Even his...

Mirror Mirror (**½)

Presented as a live-action family film, Mirror Mirror is the first of two very different, but equally high profile 2012 adaptations of the iconic...

Film Review: Nightcrawler (★★½)

EDITOR FILM REVIEW: Comparisons to Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" flooded the internet and Twitter-sphere when Dan Gilroy's anticipated thriller Nightcrawler premiered at the Toronto...

Film Review: Black Sea (★★½)

We don't often get submarine movies, but when we do they usually succeed when the claustrophobic nature of the submersible is utilized. Here, director...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (★★★½)

After the surprising critical and financial success of the franchise reboot/prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you couldn't be blamed for looking...

NYFF Film Review: ‘The Square’ Has Uniqueness But Ultimately Falls Flat

2017 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: A new evolution of storytelling, Ruben Östlund's satirical dramedy "The Square" is a hard nut to crack.  Offering laughs and...

Between Us (**)

There's a quartet of fine performances at the core of the film Between Us, a drama about a pair of dysfunctional relationships, but I...

The Turin Horse (***½)

“In Turin on 3rd January, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver...

Fast Five (**1/2)

On the way to the screening for "Fast Five", it dawned on me that not only is this the fifth film in the "Fast...

Enough Said (★★½)

Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said goes down easy but is ultimately unremarkable, unmemorable, and at best a lower tier episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It...

In Time (*½)

The idea is a grand one. In a dystopian world, time is the coveted object which defines every waking moment and every waking decision...

Flight (***)

After what most of us would agree was too long a period spent experimenting with motion capture technology in a series of animated projects,...

2013 LAFF: Purgatorio (**)

What started as a Kickstarter project, ultimately became this Film Festival wandering documentary. Directed by Rodrigo Reyes, 'Purgatorio' is about life on the other...

Middleburg Film Review: ‘Stan & Ollie’ Packs Laughs and Tears with Career Best Turns...

2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: The phrase "movie magic" has been tossed around for decades but I can't think of a more perfect recent example than...

Film Review #2: Interstellar (★★★★)

Even with extraordinarily high expectations, I was blown away by Interstellar. What Christopher Nolan has given us is nothing short of a work of...

Film Review: Stonewall (★½)

What an epic miscalculation Stonewall is. Director Roland Emmerich, best known for destroying national landmarks and making large scale disaster movies, clearly had the...

AFI Fest: The Past (★★★½)

The past is one of the main characters in Asghar Farhadi's new film, The Past (Le passé). Starring Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, and Tahar Rahim,...

The Hunger Games (****)

As a film reviewer, I seem to stumble into the same conversations time and time again when I share my thoughts on a film...

The Pretty One (★★★½)

The sometimes comedically tinged drama that is The Pretty One had a lot of ways in which it could have turned out pretty poorly....

Need for Speed (★½)

At some point during the far too long running time of Need for Speed I lost track of the number of times where someone...

Film Review: Beyond the Lights (★★★½)

Fourteen years ago director Gina Prince-Bythewood helmed Love & Basketball, a romantic drama espousing similar themes as her latest effort, Beyond the Lights. Outside...

The Dog (★★★)

I have no doubt in my mind that fans of the classic film Dog Day Afternoon will be very interested in this particular documentary....

Film Review: Before We Go (★★★)

Imitation is often the sincerest form of flattery, be it in life or just in cinema. With his directorial debut Before We Go, actor...

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