Recent Reviews


The Bounty (1984)

One of the nicest and more unexpected surprises I’ve had in months in the discovery of this Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson take on the English historical figures Captain William Bligh and Fletcher Christian. I had one of those moments, “I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this way earlier in my life!” The Bounty (1984) sets off as your usual high seas […]



It’s a seismic work of art like “Do the Right Thing,” and it would be a mistake to dismiss it as anything less. I’m still trying to gauge how Detroit will tower over film history […]



The unflinching story of how the Nazis nearly clobbered British, French, Belgian and Canadian soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk. The style of epic widescreen directing by Christopher Nolan, is what elevates it to something of loftier achievement. Dunkirk is certain to have a place in film history […]


A Ghost Story

I was a skeptic who didn’t think it was going to amount to anything, and then my patience paid off. Immediately artsy but undeniably beautiful, A Ghost Story uses many long shots to develop an aura […]


Wonder Woman

A magnificent first hour, some fair parts after, before it goes into creative suicide. Wonder Woman has one element that will make it last however and that is the striking star power of Gal Gadot. They say Hollywood doesn’t take risks […]


Alien: Covenant

No movie has taken more time to suck in as a major disappoint than this. Alien: Covenant was coming off the heels of “Prometheus,” and seethed potential, and yet despite all its visual flair it is nothing but a shaggy dog story […]


The Lovers

Tracy Letts (the playwright turned actor) and Debra Winger (the scarcely performing uber actress) play a flatlined married couple who have to get tired of their extramarital lovers before they connect again with each other. The Lovers is a wry and dry comedy […]


The Circle

Sci-fi parable that is less aggressively paranoid than it is a creepy, if satiric, “normalization” of what the social media world could become. I give The Circle an unapologetic endorsement especially in a few specific ways for dramatizing how we have allowed many social media devices […]



I quite liked this sort-of monster movie and alcoholism comedy-drama. Colossal is not for audiences who are asking for mindless monster destruction, although there’s a lot of darkly funny accidental destruction […]



Jack Nicholson, Larry David and Ben Stiller have had a heck of a good time playing middle-aged curmudgeons with a problem against anything modern, and the type of part happens to fit quite well on Woody Harrelson, too. Harrelson is in nerdy plaids and dons horn-rimmed glasses as Wilson […]


Best Films of 2016

A late compiled list, but completed as a statement that I truly do love these films from 2016. I no longer have the attitude though like I did in past years […]


Song to Song

I’d like to say Terrence Malick is a man with too many great ideas, but again this time, he’s a man with too many ideas. Song to Song has three intersecting love triangles set against the Austin, Texas music scene, but for the viewer it is an exercise […]