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Loving the Familiar in ‘The Lobster’

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Early on in Yorgos Lanthimos’ new release, The Lobster,  David (Colin Farrell) finds himself stranded when his wife leaves him for someone else. This break in the pairing doesn’t bode well for David.

‘Meddling’ with the Latest Hollywood Trend

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
We’re in the last stages of the primary season, so forgive me for talking about a revolution; just know that I’m definitely not talking about overthrowing the political establishment of either party or embarking on a course of transformative economic shifts.

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ on His Own Terms

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
As a film critic preaching the gospel of critical thinking in a world locked into the mainstream belief that math, science and technology are the only fields of study that matter, writer-director Matt Brown’s new biopic offers a persuasive — and quite surprising — counter-argument.

Captain America Brings ‘Civil War’ Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Civil War, the third installment in the ongoing saga of Steve Rogers, continues the fascinating narrative of the most fully realized character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

Desperation Drives ‘Green Room’

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) knows the simple secret for creating a down-and-dirty little indie thriller: Introduce us to smart, funny characters, but don’t feel the need to burden them with cluttered backstories.   

Ethan Hawke Plays It Cool in ‘Born To Be Blue’

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Robert Budreau's Born to be Blue dares to blur the lines between fact and fiction, while reimagining the intimate details in the tragic life of Jazz great Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke).   

‘Miles Ahead’ of Traditional Biopic Conventions

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Miles Ahead, the new film from multi-hyphenate Don Cheadle, captures Miles Davis a little more than a decade from his final days, but there’s a very real sense of the fragility, both physically and psychologically, that plagued him toward the end.   

‘Demolition’ Man

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Davis looks like a master of the universe with every single piece of the American Dream bought and paid for thanks to the exploitation of generations before him. Life — his life — is perfect, because he gets to believe the illusion that his hard work has made it all possible. But what does he know?  

‘Remember’ Takes a Trip Down ‘Memento’ Lane

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Joe Henry's 2001 song "Scar" is reminiscent of Atom Egoyan’s film Remember, a solemn exploration of purpose and a journey of discovery for Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer), a recently widowed man suffering from dementia.  

My Big Fat Greek Reunion

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Almost 15 years after My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos gathers the Portokalos clan for a big fat reunion, a replay of all the Greek shtick and wedding hijinks that we could have ever wanted. The operative word is replay.  

A Quirky Degree of Visibility

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I have always appreciated the fullness of life that I could glimpse in others, especially women of a certain age. Experience might have been the more important characteristic. Age was merely the obvious signal I could recognize at a glance.  

What Happened to the Legacy of Nina Simone?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I had been putting off watching the Academy Award-nominated documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? by Liz Garbus (Love, Marilyn), and I couldn’t justify why.  

How Big Is Gerard Butler?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
It’s a legitimate question to ask as we prepare to enter the second consecutive weekend of major mainstream releases featuring the Scotsman.   

Appreciating the Art and Soul of Film Criticism

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Last week, I joined the legion of readers descending, en masse, upon bookstores and Amazon for a chance to delve into New York Times film critic A. O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.   

Still Running the Tragic American ‘Race’

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Race documents the powerful legacy of the accomplishments of Jesse Owens, the black Olympic athlete (and Ohio native) who challenged the notion of Aryan supremacy espoused by Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games.