Film Reviews

Film Review: 'A Letter to Momo'

Momo Miyaura deals with the grief of losing her father in “A Letter to Momo,” a film by Hiroyuki Okiura. (Courtesy of GKids Films)
Momo Miyaura deals with the grief of losing her father in “A Letter to Momo,” a film by Hiroyuki Okiura. (Courtesy of GKids Films)

They are the supernaturally incompetent: former gods demoted to mere goblins. It is not hard to see why. They certainly do not impress a young...




  • Irene (Margherita Buy) lives an isolated life as an inspector of hotels in the Italian film “A Five Star Life.” (Courtesy of Music Box Films)

    ‘A Five Star Life’: Life, Love, and Loneliness as a Hotel Critic

    Irene Lorenzi is used to ordering soup for one—and she expects it served at a very specific temperature. It is not that she is too... Read more

  • Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas in “And So It Goes.” (Clarius Entertainment)

    ‘And So It Goes’: We Expected More of Rob Reiner

    Boxers past their prime often don’t know when to quit. It happens to the greatest. It happened to Ali. It’s a good thing Rob Reiner’s... Read more

  • Victoire Bélézy as Fanny and Daniel Auteuil as César, her lover’s father, in “Fanny,” Daniel Auteuil’s remake of the 1932 film. (Kino Lorber Inc.)

    ‘Fanny’: A Lovely Remake of a 1932 Seafaring Romance

    For sailors, it is an age-old question: Which is stronger, the love of a woman or the call of the sea? It is an issue... Read more

  • Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff, and Joey King in “Wish I Was Here.” (Focus Features)

    ‘Wish I Was Here’: Lost Without a Direction

    Let’s be honest: “Scrubs” alum Zach Braff fell off the radar since his work in “Garden State.” Now he’s tried his hand at directing a... Read more

  • Michael Pitt in “I Origins.” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    ‘I Origins:’ Sci-Fi Reimagining of a Reincarnation Ritual

    Tibetan monks go on searches for reincarnated lamas. They have a method. They track them to remote villages, hauling lama accouterments of previous incarnations, and... Read more

  • Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul in “A Long Way Down.” (Magnolia Pictures)

    ‘A Long Way Down’ Is a Short Way to Forgettable

    You’re a successful TV personality. With a morning breakfast show. Then—sex scandal! She lied about her age. You do a little prison time, lose the... Read more

  • Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn explore Iceland, and post-retirement life, in “Land Ho!” (Andrew Reed/Brigade Marketing)

    ‘Land Ho!’: Iceland Beckons

    Colin and Mitch are ex-brothers-in-law. Hallmark probably does not have a card for that, but Mitch is not a Hallmark kind of guy. Colin sort... Read more

  • Jason Momoa is Wolf in “Road to Paloma.” (Anchor Bay Films)

    ‘Road to Paloma’: Jason Momoa Rides Through the Mojave in Native American Drama

    It is like “Easy Rider,” except there is a reason for the angst and defiance. When Wolf’s mother suffered a brutal attack, the Feds declined... Read more

  • Ellar Coltrane in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” (IFC Films)

    Film Review: ‘Boyhood’ Gives New Meaning to Coming-of-Age Genre

    “Boyhood” is to coming-of-age movies what “Act of Valor” is to war movies. The latter used active-duty Navy SEALs to portray SEALs, and “Boyhood” uses... Read more

  • Writer (director and actor Kambuzia Partovi) and Boy the dog discuss Partovi’s latest work in “Closed Curtain,” a film from Iran. (Courtesy of Celluloid Dreams)

    ‘Closed Curtain’: A Screenwriter in Hiding

    For most filmmakers of his stature, bringing two films to the international festival circuit over the last three years would be considered reasonably prolific. For... Read more

  • Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in screening room for photo shoot for People Weekly, June 13, 1984; Chicago. (Kevin Horan/Magnolia Pictures)

    One Thumb Up For Roger Ebert Documentary ‘Life Itself’

    Roger Ebert wrote 6,000 movie reviews. Wrote them in a blazing half-hour. Had an ego but could back it up. When asked, “Who are you,... Read more

  • Tea Falco and Jacopo Olmo Antinori play half siblings who help work through each other’s troubles in “Me and You.” (Medusa Distribuzione)

    Bertolucci’s ‘Me and You’ a Small Masterpiece

    Kids can smell money better than anyone, so when they shun a well-heeled classmate, there must be something off about him. Lorenzo is one such... Read more

  • Chun Woo-hee (R) as Han Gong-ju, a South Korean student with a dark past. (Film Society of Lincoln Center)

    ‘Han Gong-ju’ Living Through a Personal Tragedy

    If ever there was a film that one would not want to be based on a true story, it would be Lee Su-jin’s emotionally bracing... Read more

  • Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in “They Came Together,” a rom-com that skewers rom-coms. (Lionsgate)

    Film Review: Amy Poehler’s ‘They Came Together’

    If you haven’t seen “When Harry Met Sally” by now, you’re probably never going to. However, those who remember when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan... Read more

  • Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is chased by Autobot Lockdown in "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Paramount Pictures)

    ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’: Hopefully the Title Refers to the Franchise

    The first “Transformers” was an instant American pop-movie classic. It established the Transformer formula. What is that formula? Four things: the machinery must look cool... Read more

  • Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley play a music-making odd-couple in "Begin Again." (Weinstein Co.)

    ‘Begin Again’ A Music Movie that Almost Breaks Your Heart

    People move to New York City to make a fresh start, to fetch success through hope and grit—not to wither away, alone and adrift. But... Read more


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