Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Dragon Inn’

Still from "Dragon Inn."  (Janus Films)
Still from "Dragon Inn." (Janus Films)

The Dragon Inn is one of the most famous lodging house in motion picture history—and also one of the most remote. It was not a...

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    Theater Review: ‘A Touch of Zen’

    Never pick a fight with a Buddhist abbot on the brink of enlightenment, especially if he is played by . That would necessarily mean you... Read more

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    Documentary Review: ‘Catching the Sun’: A Solar Energy Shot of Climate-Change Hope

    It’s high time we had some good news. We’ve seen documentaries showing 3-foot flames shooting off kitchen tap water (fracking), and 16 movies out there... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘April and the Extraordinary World’

    How would the world look if the Industrial Revolution never happened and petroleum energy was never developed? Far, far more environmentally ravaged than it is... Read more

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    Movie Review: ‘One More Time’ Very Watchable Walken Wackiness

    “One More Time,” a fleetingly hilarious, fun little film about family, starring Christopher Walken and Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, will most likely go under... Read more

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    Film Review: Farhadi’s ‘Fireworks Wednesday’

    It is the time of Red Wednesday, the Festival of Fire, or Chaharshanbe Suri. Throughout Iran and the Persian diaspora, the Wednesday before Nowruz is... Read more

  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Adam Driver, left, and Paul Sparks in a scene from "Midnight Special." (Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    Film Review: ‘Midnight Special’ Is an Electrifying Mystery

    “Midnight Special” is one of those rare, stimulating creations that grabs you and penetrates your bloodstream from start to finish. This unique tale about a... Read more

  • This image released by Lionsgate shows from left, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Miles Teller in a scene from "The Divergent Series: Allegiant." (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

    Film Review: Latest ‘Divergent’ Pic ‘Allegiant’ Is Dull, Lifeless

    Call me Indifferent. In “Allegiant,” the latest installment of “The Divergent Series” (three out of four), dystopian Chicago might be in disarray, but it’s also... Read more

  • Ethan Hawke (Chet Baker) in Robert Budreau’s, "Born to Be Blue."  (Caitlin Cronenberg/IFC Films)

    Movie Review: ‘Born to be Blue’: Chet Baker Biopic Most Likely 2nd Best Trumpeter Film of 2016

    You’ve seen Chet Baker’s face before. It’s an undying-icon face, like Marilyn Monroe’s or James Dean’s. In fact, he was known as “the James Dean... Read more

  • Madelbos (Denis Mpunga) and Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot) in a scene from “Marguerite.” (Cohen Media Group)

    Movie Review: ‘Marguerite’

    Florence Foster Jenkins was the William Hung of the early 20th century. She loved opera, but it didn’t love her back. Her infamous rendition of... Read more

  • Helen Mirren in "Eye in the Sky." (Moonlighting Films)

    Movie Review: ‘Eye in the Sky’

    You would think so-called peace activists would embrace the use of military drones. It removes military personnel from harm’s way and shifts tactical decisions higher... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Of Mind and Music’

    In many respects, the case of Una Vida (“the Queen of Royal Street”) is not so different from those chronicled in the documentary “Alive Inside.” Although... Read more

  • Abe Vigoda: (L) At The Motion Picture Club's Annual Luncheon, Oct. 6, 2005. (Marriott Marquis, NYC) (R) Playing his most famous character, Detective Fish in "Barney Miller," Aug. 8, 1977. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)

    Abe Vigoda Forgotten in Oscars ‘In Memoriam’

    It’s bound to happen now and then. The Academy Awards tradition of honoring the stars who departed in the last year has a lot of... Read more

  • Gene Cernan aboard the lunar module after his final EVA. (Jack Schmitt / NASA)

    Film Review: ‘Last Man on the Moon’

    It now seems hard to believe given Russia’s current domination of space travel, but the Soviets never landed on the Moon. Captain Eugene Cernan was... Read more

  • (L–R) Bronson (Hugh Jackman) and Eddie (Taron Egerton) hope for the best, while expecting the worst, in advance of Eddie’s next practice jump. (Larry Horricks/TM/©2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    Movie Review: ‘Eddie the Eagle’: A Wonderful Tale About Living Your Olympic Dream

    Olympic ski jumping, that odd, skis-in-a-“V,” flying business. Unless you’re from a Nordic location, you see one jump—you’ve seen ’em all. Granted, it’s more interesting... Read more

  • (L–R) Anthony Mackie and Casey Affleck in "Triple 9." (Bob Mahoney/Open Road Films)

    Movie Review: ‘Triple 9’: Casey Affleck Rocks ‘Training Day’ Variant

    John Hillcoat makes manly movies. “Triple 9” is a masculine moving-picture, for men, at the multi-plex—but more so in the man-cave. Don’t spend $13.50 of... Read more

  • Chen Si looks for those he might help on the Yangtze River Bridge, the spot where the world’s most suicides happen. (Blue Bus Productions/Balance Films)

    Film Review: ‘Angel of Nanjing’

    It often seems like contemporary China has kept the worst from the past and jettisoned the best. Traditional and regional cultures are increasingly marginalized, but... Read more

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