Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘St. Vincent’

Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher in a scene from the film “St. Vincent.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Atsushi Nishijima)
Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher in a scene from the film “St. Vincent.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Atsushi Nishijima)

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it—and “St. Vincent” is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon—we’d focus on the one major flaw...

  • Fury, the Sherman. (Sony Pictures)

    Home, Workplace, Tomb – the Reality of the World War II Tank

    The latest corner of World War II to be dramatised for the big screen is small. Cramped, even. In Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia... Read more

  • Juliette Binoche is a war photographer in “1,000 Times Good Night.” (Film Movement)

    Film Review: ’1,000 Times Good Night’

    Yes, women have also become homicide-suicide bombers in Afghanistan. An Irish photojournalist with the hints of a French accent has the photos to prove it... Read more

  • Shailene Woodley plays a girl who tries to find closure to her mother’s disappearance in “White Bird in a Blizzard.” (Magnolia Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

    Tired of movies based on YA tearjerkers and dystopian potboilers? Refreshingly, Laura Kasischke writes novels for grownups. As for Gregg Araki, he often makes films... Read more

  • (L–R) Johannes Kuhnke, Vincent Wettergren, Clara Wettergren, and Lisa Loven Kongsli in “Force Majeure,” a family drama set in the Alps. (Magnolia Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘Force Majeure’

    At least it was an iPhone. If it had been a generic droid that Tomas grabbed before abandoning his family in the face of an... Read more

  • A marine iguana stands on a rock covered in green algae in a still from “Galapagos 3D.” (Colossus Productions/nWave Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘Galapagos 3D’, a Unique World Within Our World

    Written by David Attenborough and narrated by Jeff Corwin, the IMAX film Galapagos 3D is a fascinating close-up of the natural museum of life that inhabits... Read more

  • Director Christine Choy with a Ghanaian boy on the set of “Ghina.” (

    Christine Choy: Documenting African-Chinese Relations

    NEW YORK—Christine Choy is an unassuming, unabashed, unrelenting Chinese-American woman with short, white, wavy hair and strong opinions. Choy grew up in Mao’s China, where... Read more

  • Robert Downey Jr. (L) as Hank Palmer and Billy Bob Thornton (R) as Dwight Dickham in “The Judge.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Claire Folger)

    Film Review: ‘The Judge’

    Just put Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in a room together and you’ll have a movie, a truism that “The Judge” does its damnedest... Read more

  • Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada as lovers in “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” re-releasing on Friday Oct. 17. (Film Society at Lincoln Center)

    Film Review: ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour,’ Re-Released

    In the late 1950s, Japan was still digging out from the devastation of World War II, while France was struggling with the lingering guilt and... Read more

  • Kaitlyn Dever (background) and Jennifer Garner in a scene from “Men, Women & Children.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Dale Robinette)

    Film Review: ‘Men, Women & Children’ Doesn’t Click

    If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened, a blast of fresh air to be let in, it’s Jason Reitman’s... Read more

  • Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt, centered) and his men Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), Trini Garcia (Michael Peña) and Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal) in 'Fury.' (Giles Keyte/Columbia Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘Fury’

    World War II has proven to be fertile cinematic ground: there are so many inspirational stories to tell from a number of perspectives, all important... Read more

  • Alexandra Roach and James Corden star in “One Chance.” (Liam Daniel/The Weinstein Company)

    Film Review: ‘One Chance’

    Paul Potts is an unusual TV talent show winner, because he actually has talent. The opera singer cuts an unassuming figure, but his voice is... Read more

  • Poster of the movie "Housebound." (

    Film Review: ‘Housebound’

    Kylie Bucknell is in for the mother of all grounding. She is a bad kid, but she discovers there is something downright evil lurking about... Read more

  • Niels Arestrup as General Dietrich von Choltitz in “Diplomacy.” A film by Volker Schlöndorff. (Jérôme Prébois/Zeitgeist Films)

    Film Review: ‘Diplomacy’

    During World War II, Sweden’s official neutrality was not always pretty. Yet, despite the calculated concessions granted by their government, some Swedish diplomats became heroes... Read more

  • Malcolm Toohey (played by Joel Edgerton, L) and Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson, R) in “Felony.” (Gravitas Ventures)

    Film Review: ‘Felony’

    Even in laid-back Australia, cops are still cops. It’s not like they’re issued a Fosters along with their gun and badge. A drunken driving incident... Read more

  • Steve Carell, Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher' (Scott Garfield/Fair Hill LLC)

    Film Review: ‘Foxcatcher’

    Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s latest peek behind the curtain of American sport is a much darker, unsettling biopic. Instead of Brad Pitt’s highlighted hairdo we... Read more

  • Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash.' (Daniel McFadden/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

    Film Review: ‘Whiplash’

    Like the slow rhythmic tapping on the drumskin, Damian Chazelle’s exhaustively brilliant drama begins as a quiet character study, slowly works in its astonishing acting... Read more

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