Recent Reviews

 

Get On Up

Chadwick Boseman is electrifying, Tate Taylor as a director momentarily touches greatness, but as a music bio it doesn’t get you hyped afterwards to go buy the music. Get On Up has a first shot of Boseman strutting [...]

 
 

Lucy

Berserk! I loved it! Lucy is the third action movie this summer that’s crackled with pop, rhythm and actual ideas [...]

 
 

Magic in the Moonlight

Feels like one of Woody Allen’s nonchalantly written, quick-draft jobs. Magic in the Moonlight is another magician scenario for Allen, who has brought it up [...]

 
 

A Most Wanted Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last starring role is in this egghead “thriller.” A Most Wanted Man is another one of those talky John le Carre adaptations of bloodless spy games with wordy dialogue [...]

 
 

Boyhood

Amazing technique and enthralling storytelling at the same time. Boyhood is the best film ever by Richard Linklater, the genius-philosophical writer and director [...]

 
 

The Purge: Anarchy

Good for a “Purge” movie, not so good for the progress of American cinema. The Purge: Anarchy at least is the movie the first one should have been. It certainly is intense enough [...]

 
 

Orlando (1993)

Of all costume pictures, this is one of the most beautiful and enchanting. Orlando opens as one of the most difficult and challenging films for at least the first twenty minutes [...]

 
 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The best “Apes” since the 1968 original. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes puts concentration on story, and the spectacle is confidently orchestrated with classical camerawork – no wobbly cameras [...]

 
 

Life Itself

Even as a disciple, I learned things about Roger Ebert (and Gene Siskel) that I didn’t know before. Life Itself is a tremendously affecting documentary on the life of the world’s most famous film critic, and an inspiration [...]

 
 

Ten Netflix Films in June 2014

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

 
 

Snowpiercer

Sci-fi thriller is equal parts visionary and cockamamie, but let’s appreciate the parts of it’s non-comformist vision, shall we? Snowpiercer is a provocative concept, a post-apocalyptic adventure where the last survivors ride a self-sustaining train that is on a never-stopping [...]

 
 

The Box (2009)

I enjoyed it more the second time around when I stopped trying to tie up all the loose ends. The Box (2009) is one to sit back and enjoy being alternately dazzled and confused without worrying about arriving [...]