Recent Reviews


Best and Worst Films 2014

Does my taste in film get more esoteric each year or what? But at least I didn’t love the most pretentious movie of the year [...]


The Interview

It was never going to be a good movie, but it’s fair to be hypocritical in light of the controversy and say it’s curiously amusing now. The Interview has some moments of inspiration that take it above the limp political comedies of Will Ferrell [...]



Reese Witherspoon bio-drama where she plays a self-punishing young woman whose penance is to take a 1,000 mile hike through the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trial. Wild doesn’t give Witherspoon much to do at first [...]


Exodus: Gods and Kings

The most intelligently written of Ridley Scott’s old century epics. Exodus: Gods and Kings attempts to undo some eighty years of Hollywood whitewashing [...]


Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), adapted by Martin Scorsese, struggled through most of the 1980’s in order to get it made. It is well-known that Scorsese is a lifelong dedicated Italian Catholic who had considered priesthood [...]


The Gambler (1974)

The great film about a gambling junkie and the biggest crime of all is that is doesn’t have a stronger reputation. The Gambler (1974) urgent opening scene has Axel Freed (James Caan) in the hole for [...]


Ten Netflix Films in November 2014

Titles I happened to check out on Netflix in the month of November 2014 listed from best to worst [...]


Begin Again

A labor of love. Begin Again by writer-director John Carney (“Once”) contains some of the sweetest moments of the year. I was skeptical of this musical comedy-drama at first [...]



As perfect a film within the art of psychological horror. Nightcrawler is a dark character study of a man who is morally wrong in every scene of the film, is deceptively harmless, and to us we are aware he is a teeming sociopath [...]



Brilliant, moody character study. Foxcatcher is gutsy by being slow-moving and quiet for much of the time, and being confident that the material, psychology and scenery is fascinating enough to hold us [...]


Dumb and Dumber To

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are as devoted to idiocy as they were the first time around, but either the story is wrong this time or the directing is limp. Dumb and Dumber To is by the Farrelly Brothers [...]


Gone Girl

Terrific melodrama that stays just within possible human extremes. Gone Girl reminds me of the best murder mysteries I’ve seen on Dateline NBC [...]