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Film Reviews

‘Truth’ Film Review: Uncovering Dubya’s Alleged Vietnam Combat-ducking Stra-teegery

(L–R) Robert Redford as Dan Rather, Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and Bruce Greenwood as Andrew Heyward in Sony Pictures Classics "Truth" (Lisa Tomasetti/Sony Pictures Classics)
(L–R) Robert Redford as Dan Rather, Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes and Bruce Greenwood as Andrew Heyward in Sony Pictures Classics "Truth" (Lisa Tomasetti/Sony Pictures Classics)

“Truth” is a newsroom thriller. It tells the true tale of the crack team of reporters who tracked a paper trail to determine whether George...

  • Ben Foster stars as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong (BFI London Film Festival)

    London Film Festival Review: ‘The Program’

    “The Program” arrives on the heels of Alex Gibney’s 2013 documentary “The Armstrong Lie” hoping to inject (pun intended) some dramatics into this intriguing story... Read more

  • Russell Brand wanted to spark a revolution (BFI London Film Festival)

    London Film Festival Review: ‘Brand: A Second Coming’

    Having failed to successfully instigate a revolution, Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand retrospective aims to peer behind the faux Victorian veneer. It’s timely, because Brand has... Read more

  • Carey Mulligan in 'Suffragette' (BFI London Film Festival)

    London Film Festival Review: ‘Suffragette’

    Sarah “Brick Lane” Gavron’s resonant tale of the societal hardships placed upon women in the early 1900s focuses on a group of East End Suffragettes,... Read more

  • A flying galleon from Warner Bros. Pictures‚ action adventure "Pan," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Warner Bros. Pictures/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

    ‘Pan’ Film Review: Peter Pan Origin Story Good for Kids

    Did Peter Pan really need an origin story? Is it perhaps a bit too much desperation in Hollywood’s never-ending search for fresh product? Is the... Read more

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    DVD Review: ‘The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’

    Legacy Documentaries’s new film, “The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” makes a woman out of the little girl whom so many readers grew up with... Read more

  • Mickey Rourke plays former CIA hitman Ashby Holt in "Ashby." (Peter Taylor/Paramount Pictures)

    ‘Ashby': Assassin Mentors High School Nerd

    One of this reviewer’s favorite topics lately is the cultural phenomena of how the boyhood-to-manhood rite of passage has gone missing from modern, “civilized” society... Read more

  • In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Jenny Gabrielle, from left, Dylan O’Brien and Rosa Salazar appear in a scene from the film, "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials." (Richard Foreman, Jr./20th Century Fox via AP)

    Review: Latest ‘Maze Runner’ Lacks Urgency of Original

    LOS ANGELES — Wes Ball’s adaptation of the first book from James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” young adult novels, about a group of teens consigned to... Read more

  • Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) leads the expedition in "Everest". (Universal Pictures/Universal Studios)

    ‘Everest’ Film Review: Goddess Mother of the World Decides Who Lives and Who Dies

    Mount McKinley just got its real name back. Denali. Meaning “The Great One.” Mount Everest’s real (Tibetan) name is Chomolungma, meaning “Goddess Mother of the... Read more

  • John Ashton in the foreground and Ronnie Gene Blevins in a scene from "Uncle John." (FilmBuff)

    Film Review: ‘Uncle John’

    It turns out people do not know everybody’s business in small towns. After having visions of Hell Fire, Old Dutch set out to make amends... Read more

  • The red lionfish has venomous dorsal fins on its spine and elegant fan-like fins that make it a speedy hunter. (3D Entertainment Films)

    Undersea Life Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

    In “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean,” currently playing at IMAX theatres across Canada, Cousteau gets up close with a broad diversity of ocean creatures—many of them... Read more

  • Artyom Bystrov, center, stars in “The Fool.”  (Rock Film Studio)

    Film Review: ‘The Fool’

    The assassination of Boris Nemtsov is yet another example of how tragedy continues to mysteriously befall critics of the Putin regime. Although Putin’s name is... Read more

  • Emily Blunt stars as idealistic FBI agent ‘Kate Macer’ in "Sicario." (Richard Foreman Jr/Lionsgate)

    ‘Sicario’ Film Review: Idealistic FBI Agent Becomes Pawn in Jaded CIA–Mexican Drug War

    ISIS beheadings, Mexican cartel beheadings—it’s pretty much the same deal. Parallels between the two evil institutions abound. Well, as the cartels down there maintain, the... Read more

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    ‘The Assassin': Every Frame Is a Painting to Meditate On

    Two donkeys. That’s the opening shot. You’ve never seen such artistically rendered cinematic donkeys. Shot in black and white, the framing, the geometry, the rhythm... Read more

  • Director Michael Moore, second from left, poses with people in his film, from left Jenny Tumas, Amel Smaoui and Pasi Sahlberg at the "Where to Invade Next" premiere  on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Michael Moore: ‘American Exceptionalism Is the Death of Us’

    TORONTO—”Mike’s Happy Movie” was the working title of Michael Moore’s latest documentary, “Where to Invade Next,” but few would consider its examination of American ills... Read more

  • Chen Daoming as Lu and Gong Li as Feng in “Coming Home.” (Le Vision Pictures)

    Film Review: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Coming Home’

     Most ballets tell tragic stories, but the Maoist-era “Red Detachment of Women” caused them. It certainly contributed to the woes of Lu Yanshi’s family during the Cultural... Read more

  • Ravi (L) and Geeta Patel in Alchemy’s "Meet The Patels" (Alchemy)

    ‘Meet the Patels': Traditional Quest to Find an Indian Wife (In America)

    Is dating in America that different from dating in India? Indian and American cultures couldn’t be more dissimilar; theirs is roughly 11,000 years old, our... Read more

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