Recent Reviews



Another Bond movie with strengths and weaknesses. Spectre often arrives in places without telling us what information 007 is acting on […]


Crimson Peak

This gorgeous looking film is faulty in nearly every other area, especially with its meandering storytelling. Crimson Peak is an odd period piece horror film that teases us with grotesque […]


Steve Jobs

It’s the work of brilliant people behind the camera, but I’m shaking my head with what they left out of the film. Steve Jobs has a first-rate and disciplined performance by Michael Fassbender […]


Bridge of Spies

Takes about fifteen minutes to get oriented, but Steven Spielberg’s latest becomes a fascinating Cold War historical drama and gripping grown-up entertainment. Bridge of Spies not just depicts a time of history, it absorbs us […]


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 […]


The Martian

Archetypal man gone stranded story, but it has some cool basic science and is well-paced. The Martian continues a trend of outer space adventures […]



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 […]


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 […]