Recent Reviews

 

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 […]

 
 

Captain America: Civil War

Mixed feelings, but I was entertained at least part of the way. Captain America: Civil War has something that was missing from at least the last few Marvel comic book movie entries: Enough interesting […]

 
 

Eve’s Bayou (1997)

Here is one that plays even better today, a rare African-American family ensemble drama set in the Southern Gothic 1960’s. Eve’s Bayou (1997) plunges into the Louisiana backwaters so vividly that immediately […]

 
 

The Jungle Book

Family audiences have gone in droves, but I only found it to be a slight diversion. The Jungle Book has a decent young actor in Neel Sethi as Mowgli the man-cub, the boy who has grown up […]

 
 

Louder Than Bombs

This American character study and meditation on a family’s grief is by a skilled and thoughtful Norwegian filmmaker, but it doesn’t work. Louder Than Bombs opens on false notes […]

 
 

Twenty-five Netflix Films for Spring 2016

It took a lot of video rentals, but I’ve finally caught up with some of the most essential titles of 2015. With family obligations, i.e., parenting two kids, I was taken away from covering […]

 
 

Batman v Superman

Smorgasbord of comic book elements, done with rapid-fire cutting, in search of a story. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is another one of those mass consumer blockbusters made of go-nowhere […]

 
 

Everybody Wants Some!!

Captures the feel of the college jock scene better than anyone else has, but when it comes down to it, I just don’t love these guys. Everybody Wants Some!! is Richard Linklater’s self-described spiritual follow-up to his […]

 
 

Midnight Special

A very well shot familiar story that supplies a number of hooks as an attempt to avoid coming off feeling so familiar. Midnight Special opens with two men (Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton) recklessly […]

 
 

The Band Wagon (1953)

“Singin’ in the Rain” is supposed to be my all-time favorite musical, and everybody else’s too, but after awhile I knew it by heart so well I was happy to stumble upon a new favorite. The Band Wagon (1953) a dozen viewings later is […]

 
 

Hail, Caesar!

There’s one guarantee in life and that’s a Coen Bros. film, even if it opens in February away from Oscar season. Hail, Caesar! is a behind the scenes spoof of the 1950’s golden age of Hollywood […]