Film Reviews

NYFF Film Review: ‘Last Flag Flying’ Soars with Steve Carell Leading the Charge

2017 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Going through the Richard Linklater filmography, you discover his obsession with the theme of time whether it's in his...

5 to 7 (★★★★)

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The Tribeca Film Festival delivered a punch to my gut (and my heart) over the weekend when I caught the romantic...

We Bought a Zoo (***½)

There’s always been a bit of Billy Wilder in Cameron Crowe’s films, but this year with ‘We Bought a Zoo’ marks the first time...

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...

Film Review: The Toy Soldiers (★★★)

Perhaps a bit heavy handed and occasionally overacted, Erik Peter Carlson’s The Toy Soldiers is nonetheless a sincere and effective portrait of youth culture...

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...

Sound of My Voice (**½)

You know, I like an open-ended conclusion as much as the next guy (and sometimes more), but I do have the pre-requisite that the...

Film Review: The Jungle Book (★★★½)

Anticipating the live action adaptations of some of our beloved animated classics of our childhood has been a task to endure.  Add that with...

Knuckleball! (***½)

Anyone who's a baseball fan has an opinion about the pitch known as the knuckleball. Often looked at as a gimmick, no respect has...

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

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...

Film Review: Foxcatcher (★★★½)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: A film that takes its time presenting its case, Bennett Miller's wickedly brutal "Foxcatcher" entices audiences to learn more about...

Olympus Has Fallen (**)

A shameless and jingoistic Die Hard (1989) ripoff that makes you long for even the most mediocre of that franchise's sequels, Olympus Has Fallen...

Film Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Pure Goodness Featuring a Stellar Cast

There's much to admire in Theodore Melfi's newest uplifting venture "Hidden Figures." His ability to tap into the human condition and spirit has been...

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." ...

Trouble with the Curve (**)

This old-fashioned father-daughter story feels like an old chestnut from the world of theater, even though it has no roots in the stage. It's...

Film Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (★★★½)

Despite my devotion to pre-1970s films, I lack the same interest in classic television. So though I've heard of the 1964 television series The Man From...

Red State (***½)

With ‘Red State’, Kevin Smith has a done a complete 180 as a filmmaker.  The writer/director known for being a premiere comedy auteur has made...

TRIBECA: Lil Bub & Friendz (**½)

People in this line of work like to joke that documentaries only focus on incredibly downbeat or somber subjects. While that's not 100% accurate,...

TIFF Film Review: ‘Boy Erased’ Is Exuberant with Lucas Hedges’ Showstopping Turn

An intimate and enthralling look into the internal conflict between religious standards and free-wielding choice, Joel Edgerton's deeply felt "Boy Erased" is an important...

Byzantium (**)

Over the last few years, we've really seen movies (as well as television) try to tell a vampire story in all different sorts of...

Film Review: Entertainment (★★½)

You can't deny that filmmaker Rick Alverson is setting out to make movies that no one else is making right now. After The Comedy a...

Love Is All You Need (**½)

For someone like Oscar-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier, the romantic dramedy Love Is All You Need can easily be seen as a light romp. For...

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...

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...

Film Review: ‘Sauvage’ Is a Striking Tale of Unrequited Queer Love

The trope of the "hooker with a heart of gold" has become such a mainstay in cinema that ardent cinephiles and casual movie fans...

Film Review: Anesthesia (★★★)

I'm not spilling any industry secrets when I say that it's not easy to nail interconnected ensemble dramas. More often than not, they stumble...

LA Film Festival Review: ’20 Weeks’ Tackles Heavy Topic With Clumsy Plotting

 Few events in life are as simultaneously joyous and stressful as pregnancy. There's risk around every corner and doctor's visit, but in the end...

A Separation (****)

Believe the hype, ladies and gentlemen.  Asghar Farhadi’s flawlessly-written and acted domestic drama A Separation really is as amazing as you’ve heard.  The film...

Premium Rush (***)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves a suitable leading man for action films in the bicycle thriller 'Premium Rush', a fun flick that basically is a series...

SXSW Snippet Reviews: Some Girl(s), Reality Show, and Big Ass Spider

SXSW is winding down now and there's only two films left for me to screen, the Zac Efron led At Any Price and The...

Dark Tourist (★★)

The inherent darkness that humans possess is a topic that's explored in depth in Dark Tourist, a film starring Michael Cudlitz as Jim, a...

Virunga (★★★½)

Tribeca Film Festival: Threatened by rebel warfare and a British oil company with an unscrupulous agenda, Virunga documents the attacks on the Congo's Virunga...

The Five-Year Engagement (***)

If one didn't know this already, Judd Apatow likes his films to be on the long side, both the ones he directs and the...

Sarasota Film Festival: ‘Half the Picture’ Tells of Women’s Struggle to Direct

The past year has placed a renewed focus on the struggle of female directors in Hollywood. While 2017 represented a step forward, Greta Gerwig's nomination...

Film Review: This Is Where I Leave You (★★★)

I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You, so I went into this one with a real mix...

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