Recent Reviews

 

Wild

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 [...]

 
 

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 [...]

 
 

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 [...]

 
 

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 [...]

 
 

Nightcrawler

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 [...]

 
 

Foxcatcher

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 [...]

 
 

Interstellar

Larger than life allegories, and often extraordinary visuals. Director Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight,” “Inception”) seems like he was trying to make his greatest film with Interstellar [...]

 
 

Birdman

One of the most annoying well-made films I’ve ever seen. Birdman is psychobabble mumbo jumbo and a relentless jolt of egomania, one that forces you to listen to theatrical stage prima donnas pontificate [...]