Film Reviews

Like Crazy (***½)

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin give nomination worthy performances in ‘Like Crazy’, the raw and real romantic drama from Drake Doremus.  A hit at...

Puss In Boots (**)

Lifted from the insanely successful "Shrek" franchise, "Puss In Boots" puts one of the most beloved animated supporting characters of recent memory front and...

The Skin I Live In (***)

Pedro Almodovar goes in a very interesting and different direction with his latest film 'The Skin I Live In'.  I've always seem him more...

The Rum Diary (**½)

Sporadically entertaining but wildly uneven, ‘The Rum Diary’ doesn't live up to the hype by never being nearly as out there as it seems...

The Three Musketeers (**)

Easily the weakest version of this well liked story to date, 'The Three Musketeers' continues to confirm that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is incapable...

The Double (**)

The new spy thriller The Double from writer/director Michael Brandt starring Golden Globe Winner Richard Gere and Topher Grace,  shows massive potential before ultimately failing...

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (***)

An unambitious indie documentary with a sunny disposition and charm to spare, ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’ is likely the lightest doc you’ll see...

Margin Call (***)

The rare film of this particular subject matter without an overt political axe to grind, 'Margin Call' is able to dive right into the...

Melancholia (**)

Lars von Trier continues to do things his way with 'Melancholia', but he also continues to have quality cinema evade his grasp.  When he...

Paranormal Activity 3 (***½)

As fun, exciting, and dare I say, as innovative as the first two "Paranormal Activity" films have been, do we really need "Paranormal Activity...

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (*)

Wow...just, wow.  There’s really not a whole lot more you can say about ‘The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)’ that matters, as it doesn’t...

Martha Marcy May Marlene (****)

The next time the suits in Hollywood get together, they should really sit down and have a good long talk about the sort of...

Another Happy Day (***½)

Writer/director Sam Levinson makes an incredibly impressive debut with the darkly comedic drama 'Another Happy Day', a dysfunctional family flick that's far more than...

Rampart (***)

Woody Harrelson shines in co-writer/director Oren Moverman’s sometimes uneven but always compelling police drama 'Rampart'.  Harrelson is absolutely phenomenal playing an old school member...

Leap Year (Año bisiesto) (***)

Directed by newcomer Michael Rowe, "Leap Year" is a challenging film and defiantly uneasy to watch. And yet as provocative and wincing as it...

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...

Texas Killing Fields (**)

‘Texas Killing Fields’ boasts a cast that makes you expect better than just a mediocre thriller that seems to revel in plot points that...

The Thing (**½)

A serviceable prequel to the John Carpenter film of the same name, ‘The Thing’ works best when it resists the urge to fall into...

Beautiful Boy (**½)

In this nearly terrifying age where our children are growing significantly faster than we want them to, fear, anxiety, and near paranoia starts to...

We Need to Talk About Kevin (***)

If you were to ask me about my thoughts on 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' directly after seeing it back in September, 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...

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...

Dream House (**)

Rarely does a decent film sabotage itself at the climax as badly as 'Dream House' does.  What starts out as a decent enough psychological...

The Way (Multiple Reviews)

John H. Foote (***) The Way screened last year at TIFF and I had the chance then to see the film and interview Martin Sheen...

The Ides of March (Multiple Reviews)

By John H. Foote & Anna Belickis Foote (***) George Clooney more than proved himself as a major directing talent with his sublime study of fifties...

Margaret (***½)

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’....

Take Shelter (**½)

I don’t want to overtly go and call ‘Take Shelter’ a disappointment, because it’s not exactly that...I just didn’t fully get what I wanted...

50/50 (****)

Stricken with a shocking, confounding, and life-threatening cancer diagnosis, 27-year old Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is forced to deal with realities he never could...

The Whale (***)

An aquatic/animal welfare documentary that plays it pretty safe, and almost too safe if you ask me, ‘The Whale’ has an interesting topic and...

Red State (*½)

Kevin Smith's career has been very frustrating to observe.  Here is a man whose debut was hailed as a vanguard of a new kind...

Bill Cunningham New York (***½)

I did not know that I knew who Bill Cunningham was when I sat down to watch a documentary on his life. You likely...

Moneyball (***½)

One of the difficult things when watching a film based on a true story is how much you are willing to accept when it...

Moneyball (***)

I remember speaking with Steven Soderbergh about this film a few years ago when he was set to direct it.  There was something very...

The Descendants (****)

There was a moment in The Descendants when I felt as though the beauty of the film had reached in and gently stroked my...

The Lion King 3D (****)

This is going to be a rather short review for me, comparatively speaking in terms of what I usually do for something I speak...

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