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‘Into the Woods’ Turns the Spotlight on Recent Musical Adaptations

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The highly anticipated film adaptation of Into the Woods begins exactly as anyone familiar with the stage musical would expect: with the simple narrated words, “Once upon a time.”  

A ‘Wild’ Walk Back From the Razor’s Edge

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wild, at times, approximates a fever dream as Strayed wanders along, stumbling (sometimes on the verge of a catastrophic breakdown) into recollections of her past, instances just as wild and dangerous as the moment she finds herself in.  

Top Five

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  

The Return of the Horrible (Studio) Bosses

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The modern-day Stooges — Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) — have moved past their initial experiences with their horrible bosses but prove to be ill-prepared to step into boss roles of their own.  

Relationships Define ‘The Theory of Everything’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Theory of Everything is an accessible, engaging take on the life of world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking.   

Tommy Lee Jones: At Home on Either Side of the Camera

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Homesman sets out to show us that the West was not won with blazing gun battles. Who is to say the West was “won” at all?  

A Music Legend Struggles to Hang Onto Himself

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The genial Campbell, now suffering from Alzheimer’s, shows us the gradual loss of identity, even among a caring community of friends, family and medical professionals doing all they can to keep the decline at bay.  

The Technical Virtue of Andrea Riseborough

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) poses several perplexing challenges.
  

‘Fury’ Fights a Dirty Personal War

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
More than any other contemporary filmmaker, David Ayer is the epitome of a street warrior.   

Poor Judgment

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
It is obvious why the selection committee for the Toronto International Film Festival tapped The Judge for their opening night slot.  

Local Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett Harnesses Deep Human Magic

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
As a film critic, every time I settle into a theater seat I prepare myself for an experience that I liken to tapping into memory. The images that unspool before me may not be lived and processed  

The Strange Things We Do for Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Love Is Strange shows us — whether we happen to be married, in long-term relationships, dating, or single — that love, beyond all of our fairy tale notions, has a remarkably human core.
  

The 2014 TIFF Alternative: Managing High Expectations

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I find myself — a full four days into the festival — attempting to rationalize my tepid response thus far.  

Reflecting on 'The Double' and How Nature Nurtures

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
We know Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) all too well. In fact, some of us might recognize elements of Simon in ourselves.  

‘Life of Crime’ Pays the Highest Tribute to Elmore Leonard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Not quite a comedy of errors or a thriller, but something that feels brand new up on the screen.