Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Song of the Sea,’ a Selkie Story

A scene from the animated picture “Song of the Sea,” in which a young girl searches for her mother. (GKids Films)
A scene from the animated picture “Song of the Sea,” in which a young girl searches for her mother. (GKids Films)

W.B. Yeats is not often quoted in animated features, but his poem “The Stolen Child” is very definitely a source of inspiration for Tomm Moore’s...

  • The dragon Smaug destroys Lake-town in "The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies." (Mark Pokorny/ Warner Bros. and MGM Pictures)

    Peter Jackson: Two Groundbreaking Trilogies in the Bag, No Sweat

    Peter Jackson made zombie movies so studios could see he had the right stuff to handle J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe. So began his Hero’s Journey. “The... Read more

  • Director Leila Sansour in 'Open Bethlehem.' (Munro Film Services)

    Film Review: ‘Open Bethlehem’

    It is difficult to make a documentary about a military conflict that has raged for centuries, nay, millennia, between the Jews and Christians in the... Read more

  • Orson Welles in his bio-pic ‘Magician,' directed by Chuck Workman. (Cohen Media Group)

    Film Review: ‘Magician,’ Workman on Welles

    Just imagine what might have been if Orson Welles had worked in the digital era. Probably no other filmmakers left behind so many unfinished yet... Read more

  • Christian Bale plays a strong-minded, flawed Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

    Film Review: ‘Exodus’ Plagued by Casting, Script Issues

    To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic? A genre that was once as moldy as stale communion wafers has been... Read more

  • An opposition supporter engraves a baton with the words "Maidan", referring to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Ukraine's embattled president Viktor Yanukovych is taking sick leave as the country's political crisis continues without signs of resolution. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Film Review: Loznitsa’s ‘Maidan,’ You Are There in the Square

    The opening lyrics of the Ukrainian National Anthem make a fitting commencement for any film on the Euromaidan demonstrations and the subsequent Russian aggression: “Ukraine’s... Read more

  • Actor and producer James Franco attends the Cinema Society & Montblanc host a special screening Of Starz Digital's "The Color Of Time" at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on December 9, 2014 in New York City.  (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

    Film Review: ‘The Color of Time,’ an NYU Film Project

    Couple years ago, James Franco taught a film class at NYU and had 12 of his students write and direct fictional scripts, based on the... Read more

  • Martin Freeman returns for the final time as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’ (Warner Bros.)

    Film Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

    The Desolation of Smaug addressed so much that was wrong with Peter Jackson’s second foray into Middle-Earth, after the light-hearted tonal shift of An Unexpected... Read more

  • Li Ying (Mardy Ma, L) and Mei (Katie Leung) in “One Child.” (SundanceTV)

    Film Review: ‘One Child,’ China’s Injustice System on SundanceTV

    The Chinese Communist Party has no shortage of criminal laws, but you wouldn’t call it a justice system. The guilty can freely buy their way... Read more

  • Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in “Wild.” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Film Review: Witherspoon Warrants Watching in ‘Wild’

    The eastern Appalachian Trail—it’s 2,174 miles long. The mighty West Coast Pacific Crest trail is 464 miles longer. Why do outdoorsy types brave pain, hunger,... Read more

  • Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain in “Miss Julie.” (Courtesy of Wrekin Hill Entertainment)

    Film Review: Good Golly, ‘Miss Julie’

    For some reason, theater companies are constantly enticed by the dramatic possibilities of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,” but they often feel the need to re-conceptualize... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Zero Motivation,’ Clerical War Stories

    Even during times of war, military life offers plenty of absurdity, usually in direct proportion to one’s proximity to paperwork and bureaucracy. Daffi is the... Read more

  • Nicolas Cage as a CIA motivational speaker with an axe to grind in “Dying of the Light.” (Lionsgate)

    Film Review: ‘Dying of the Light,’ Nick Cage Will Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

    Evan Lake is the CIA’s top motivational speaker. He also happens to be played by Nicolas Cage, so hold on tight—this will be a bumpy... Read more

  • Chihiro Yamamoto and Seizo Fukumoto play student and teacher in “Uzumasa Limelight.” (Eleven Arts)

    Film Review: ‘Uzumasa Limelight,’ Seizo Fukumoto for Best Actor

    Westerns were once a staple of American television, but now the genre has practically disappeared. Presumably, this was bad news for stunt horseback riders. Though... Read more

  • (L–R) Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jason Bateman appear in a scene from “Horrible Bosses 2.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, John P. Johnson)

    Film Review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′

    The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don’t know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder... Read more

  • Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner play grandparents who face off for their granddaughter’s custody in “Black or White.” (Relativity Media)

    Film Review: ‘Black or White’

    “Race.” That pretty much means one thing in America: black and white people. Someone says “race,” we don’t immediately think “Nepalese” or “Tibetan.” Reverend Al—we... Read more

  • A scene from the dark comedy thriller “Aftermath.” (Freestyle Releasing)

    Film Review: ‘Aftermath’

    Tom Fiorini deals with contractors all day, so he can’t be a shrinking violet. The housing magnate has done very well for himself, but he... Read more

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