Film Reviews

Film Review: The Revenant (★★★½)

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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...

Film Review: 99 Homes (★★★)

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I've always felt that the films of Ramin Bahrani have ably mixed the indie with the mainstream in interesting ways, and that's never been more...

One Day (**½)

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Although far more flawed than one might have hoped for, ‘One Day’ ultimately does do a number of things right, creating a not unenjoyable...

Guardians of the Galaxy (★★★½)

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Star-Lord. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. Gamora. Drax the Destroyer. Those names might not mean anything to you as you’re reading this, but I promise they’ll...

Film Review #2: McFarland, USA (★★★)

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

Miss Bala (***)

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Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala does not make you realize this is a good movie until the very end, where you come to grasp that...

Prince Avalanche (★★)

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: I've always been a sucker for comedic actors making a strong and firm transition into serious, more dramatic roles.  Though the...

Nantucket Film Review: Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday’ Will Leave You Smiling

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Nantucket Film Festival: The Nantucket Film Festival kicked off Wednesday, June 19 with a slate of alluring feature films, short films, and documentaries, including...

AFI Film Review: ‘Foxtrot’ Pays Off With a Bold Storytelling Approach

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2017 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Who names a war film after a popular dance move? If that proves anything, it’s that the film “Foxtrot” is...

Hyde Park on Hudson (***)

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Perhaps no film this year has been easier to make fun of in advance of its release than 'Hyde Park on Hudson'. I know...

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Roads’ Focuses On The Journey

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2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Cinema, and especially independent cinema, is permeated with the road trip movie. Stick a character or two in a car,...

Film Review: ‘Working Woman’ Carefully Navigates the Pitfalls of the Patriarchy

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It's been almost two years since the #MeToo movement exploded as a major cultural movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Unsurprisingly,...

Hitchcock (***½)

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Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock is a curious creation. Adapted from Stephen Rebello’s biographical novel, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, this biopic of...

Horrible Bosses (***)

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While it’s not quite as hilarious as ‘Bridesmaids’ was (I doubt many things this year will be though), ‘Horrible Bosses’ is still one of the...

Film Review: Black Mass (★★½)

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There's so much potential and talent on display in Black Mass that you almost can't believe how workmanlike the end result turns out to...

Film Review: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Has Instant Replay Value

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Gamers of every generation and gender will like “Sonic the Hedgehog” enough to put a ring on it. Sega's enduring video game franchise gets...

Venus and Serena (***)

Whatever television special you watched, whatever Wikipedia entry you read, whatever you thought you knew about the most infamous pair of sports siblings in...

Historical Circuit: Wings (****)

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Recovering lost films in Hollywood is a bit like treasure hunting. You never know what kind of rarities you are going to find, but...

Telluride Review: ‘Downsizing’ Succeeds from the Scene-Stealing Hong Chau

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2017 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Alexander Payne's long-awaited film, "Downsizing," has premiered to mixed reactions at Venice, and has now done the same here in...

Jane Eyre (***)

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In general, I’ve always been lukewarm on Jane Eyre as a whole, be it in book or movie form.  It’s just always been something...

TIFF: ‘I Saw The Light’ is a dull, uninspired biopic

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On the strength of Love & Mercy and Straight Outta Compton this summer, it would have been easy to declare 2015 the year of...

Restless City (***½)

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It may take a little time, but once Restless City releases the brakes, prepare yourself for a mesmerizing experience that won't soon be forgotten....

Film Fest 919 Review: ‘The Chambermaid’ Provides Adequate Room Service

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Film Fest 919: It's a unique experience to watch a film set entirely within a hotel while actually staying at one. That's the case...

BFI London Film Festival – DAY 3

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Laurence Anyways (****) I can count on one hand the amount of times in my life when I’ve left a cinema buzzing from what I’d...

Zero Dark Thirty (****)

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Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal take their newest effort, Zero Dark Thirty, to places I couldn't have imagined.  Based on...

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

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

Film Review: ‘Shazam!’ Has the Heart of a True Hero

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Finally! The DC Extended Universe has been largely a mess since Warner Bros. rushed to copy the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whereas...

Margaret (***½)

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A full 6 years after it was supposed to have come out, audiences finally are now able to see Kenneth Lonergan’s sophomore feature ‘Margaret’....

Film Review: The Voices (★★½)

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If ever there happened to be a talented actor who should make it his business to stay away from big budget action films, it's...

Film Review: ‘Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark’ Is Just Conventional Horror, Unfortunately...

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Adapting a beloved or classic literary piece has to be one of the most thankless screenwriting jobs in Hollywood. Baked in notions and preconceived...

The Muppets (****)

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Oh, I talked it up. I showed everyone the brilliant parody trailers numerous times. I told anyone who would listen that The Muppets was...

Film Review: Love and Mercy (★★★)

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Finally! After what seems like a lifetime, John Cusack finally has a meaty role to play again. In addition, Paul Dano gets one of...

SUNDANCE: Fruitvale (***)

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Every so often as a critic you get the opportunity to witness a film that's so ingrained in your experience that it becomes difficult...

Film Review: Memphis (★★★)

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If the city of Memphis is synonymous with anything, it’s for being the original hub of the founders of influential music genres, in particular...

Film Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ Is the Hero We’ve Been Waiting For

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Lady Marvel fans, rejoice! Not only does the MCU finally welcome its first solo heroine, but "Captain Marvel" is, in fact, the best Avenger...

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