Recent Reviews

 

Arrival

A superbly orchestrated close encounter movie that’s once elegant, beguiling, and a work of imagination. Arrival easily boasts the best cinematography of the year […]

 
 

Doctor Strange

The last ten years have proved that the world’s hugest market is for comic book movies, and contrasting only a small detractor group that despises them. Doctor Strange, in years to come, should be a recommended title […]

 
 

Sully

One of the most effortlessly perfect films I’ve seen in a long time. Sully tells a rough landing story of how Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger […]

 
 

Snowden

Oliver Stone used to rock us out of our seats and blow our minds (“JFK,” “Nixon”), but I think that fire within him is past now. Snowden is a tempered, yet always compelling piece of storytelling by Stone […]

 
 

Overlooked Films Since 2010

Part of the role of the critic is underlining special films that undeservedly were swept under the rug. Actually, in tens years of writing about film, this is really my most crucial function […]

 
 

Hell or High Water

A “Fargo” type of movie set not under snowfall but in the dearth towns of West Texas. Hell or High Water has always been my kind of movie, the crime drama set in the backdrop of American backwaters […]

 
 

Jason Bourne

At first I superficially liked it, until I actually had real reasons to like it. Jason Bourne, while to a skeptic may be a gratuitous sequel, is reason to be excited to go the movies again […]

 
 

Cafe Society

Woody Allen’s latest is a fancy production resurrecting Old Hollywood, but my emotions for the characters and their journeys left me flaccid. I suppose the most die-hard Woody Allen fan will want to check out Café Society anyway […]

 
 

The Shallows

A surfer girl tries to out-maneuver a shark for long hours on end. A movie like this lives or dies on the cinematography, the texture and the suspense pacing. The Shallows is not going to have us dethrone “Jaws” […]

 
 

Alice Through the Looking Glass

One of the most terrible cases of headache-inducing CGI excess of our time. Alice Through the Looking Glass has the presumption that if you put a heroine through a wormhole, and color that wormhole […]

 
 

The Nice Guys

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling on each his own haven’t done too many comedies, but this ball-busting detective story set in disco era 1977 might become a fan favorite that will gather a cult following over time. The Nice Guys has a line-up featuring lots of sleazebags […]

 
 

The Lobster

Quite terrific. Not a masterpiece because it has a few nagging loose pieces, but it is so original in content and tone that it elevates above even the more gutsy art house entries. The Lobster is the kind of a film that will not only be remembered […]