Film Reviews

Supporting Characters (***)

Consistently low key but largely entertaining, 'Supporting Characters' is a good little indie flick that gets by on good will and charm. I don't...

Prince Avalanche (**½)

David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche is a strong example of ambitious filmmaking on a minor yet intimately powerful scale. More or less adapted from...

On the Road (***)

After what feels like just about an eternity, I finally saw 'On the Road' back in early October at one of the first screenings...

LFF Film Review: Mountains May Depart (★★½)

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Mountains May Depart starts on perhaps my favourite opening shot of the year. Kicking it off with the Pet Shop Boys’...

Film Review: ‘For Sama’ Is an Urgent Cry for Salvation in Syria

WORLD CIRCUIT: "We never thought the world would let this happen," so laments director Waad al-Kateab in the opening scenes of her film "For...

SFIFF Review: ‘Landline’ Is Another Gem From Auteur Gillian Robespierre

2017 San Francisco International Film Festival: "Landline" is writer and director Gillian Robespierre’s highly anticipated follow-up to her critically well-received directorial debut, “Obvious Child." Robespierre...

Comet (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Much like the comets and shooting stars that Del and Kimberly are waiting to see, Comet is a film you...

Film Review: Pitch Perfect 2 (★★★)

I'll admit it...I was one of the few not to be particularly charmed by Pitch Perfect. It wasn't bad, sure, but nothing special at...

Film Review: Love (★★★)

How does one describe Love? That's an age old question when talking about the emotion/feeling, but for the latest film by the always controversial...

NYFF Film Review: Bridge of Spies (★★★)

One of the most prolific directors in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg, returns to the silver screen with his new period thriller "Bridge...

A Better Life (***½)

Chris Weitz had a breakthrough in a big way in 2002's indie dramedy About a Boy, which he received an Academy Award nomination for...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Tatterdemalion’ Stumbles in the Woods

Exploring the deep recesses of the woods has long been an interesting trope in film. Many, such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "The...

I’m So Excited (***)

For many, Pedro Almodovar is a cinematic god more or less beyond reproach. Personally, I'm not as wild about him as some, but I...

Real Steel (*½)

"Real Steel" is a mess.  I have no idea if this film wants to be a science-fiction film with cutting edge special effects, dazzling...

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...

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

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 Adjustment Bureau (Multiple Reviews)

Joey Magidson’s Review (***½) Despite marketing that would lead you to believe otherwise, The Adjustment Bureau is a romantic fairy tale.  Yes, there are sci-fi...

Complete Reviews of Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts (2013)

In preparation for my Oscar Circuit article next week in this very category, I proudly share my individual reviews of 2013's elite batch of...

Deepsea Challenge 3D (★★½)

One of the more undeniably immersive documentaries of this sort to hit theaters in some time (partially due to the use of 3D, I'll...

The Sorcerer And The White Snake (**½)

''The Sorcerer and the White Snake' is a fantastical movie that features Jet Li, Raymond Lam, Eva Huang, Charlene Choi, and Zhang Wen. With...

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...

Trust (***)

Director David Schwimmer (yes, Ross from Friends) takes a subject tailor made for a crummy Lifetime Original Movie and manages to make a compelling...

TIFF Review: ‘Harriet’ Falls Short of its Heroine’s Greatness

2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as Hollywood tries to convince us otherwise, the world doesn't need another biopic. But with a subject...

Rango (**)

I like the concept at its most basic level…An animated western. Simple, not really ever done before as best I can tell. Directed by...

Pusher (**½)

There's really nothing essential about the English language remake of 'Pusher'. It pretty much only exists because filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn made the original...

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...

Rock of Ages (*)

CRUISE (****) Adam Shankman is not much of a movie director. His last film of any note was Hairspray (2007) which used the gimmick of...

LAFF 2013: Only God Forgives (***½)

Take a deep breath, everyone! In through your nose. That's it. Hold it for ten seconds. Now exhale. Good, you're now prepared to hear...

Middleburg Film Review: ‘Hostiles’ Expertly Examines Brutality and Violence in America

2017 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: To be frank,  Scott Cooper has had trouble connecting his material to this viewer over his past three films.  He...

Bound by Flesh (★★½)

Subjected to exploitation, financial abuse and abandonment, Bound by Flesh tells the inequitable story of Violet and Daisy Hilton, perhaps the world's most famous...

Declaration of War (***)

To say I have not seen a film like Declaration of War would be an accurate statement. It would also be accurate to say...

PAFF: South African thriller ‘iNumber Number’ is gripping but familiar

Corrupt cops? Check. Heist plot? Check. Morally conflicted undercover detective? Check. The formula for the crime thriller hasn't changed much over the years and...

The Patience Stone (**½)

How I wish that The Patience Stone hadn't tried my patience like it had. I say that because this is one of the slowest...

Film Review: Best of Enemies (★★★★)

Witness the birth of the modern news media in one of the year's best docs

Film Review: Fantastic Four (★★)

Considering the pretty low bar set by the first two (or technically three) films featuring these comic book characters, this new version of Fantastic...

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