Recent Reviews


The Walk

Marvelously done and awe-inspiring. The Walk is going to be accused of schmaltz, but to the right optimist, it is splendid and uplifting, beautiful and nimble […]



Expertly made, but it’s no good. Sicario has a gory but intriguing opening, awesome wide-angle shots of Mexico and U.S. border towns, and an Emily Blunt performance […]


Umberto D. (1952, Italy)

Looks old and crumbly just like the title character, but give it ten minutes and you are drawn into its uncompromising, compassionate gaze. Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D. (1952, Italy) is as emotionally awakening […]


Time Out of Mind

Richard Gere in a believable broke down performance as a homeless man that sheds all vanity, but this is a languishing film that eventually loses interest. Time Out of Mind has been called cinema verité […]


Pawn Sacrifice

I always thought I wanted to see a movie on chess champion Bobby Fischer until I got one. This one unfortunately. Pawn Sacrifice is an All-American movie that is partisan to […]


A New Leaf (1971)

One of my favorite comedy surprises of recent years. A New Leaf (1971) has become an obscure, hard-to-find title. But since I found it, I can say it is my favorite Walter Matthau movie […]


The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Muddled comedy-thriller British spy stuff, elevated by the charms of Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander. Based on an old TV show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is rather perfunctory as done by […]


Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

Part IV and Part V are in a class by themselves. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is consistently amazing and features some of the best action cinematography of the last twenty years […]



The most truly offbeat comic book movie in quite some time. Ant-Man didn’t hit a home run for me, it has its draggy segments, but there is goofy humor, kookiness and an unpretentious […]


Irrational Man

I admired the acting, but Woody Allen also doesn’t do enough to let his actors truly break loose. When I heard that Allen had cast Joaquin Phoenix in Irrational Man, I was psyched at the proposition […]


Terminator Genisys

Oh my God, what an insult. Terminator Genisys pushes so many alternate timelines, and rules about changing destiny, and variant new abilities of the liquid metal cyborg killers that it discounts […]


Resurgent Classics –From Dismissed to Gold Status

Here is a list of 15 films that got lukewarm to good reviews in their day but really have a resurgent cinephile following in contemporary years […]