Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’

Hayao Miyazaki working on “The Wind Rises,” his last film with Studio Ghibli. (2013 dwango/GKIDS)
Hayao Miyazaki working on “The Wind Rises,” his last film with Studio Ghibli. (2013 dwango/GKIDS)

For millions of animation fans, Studio Ghibli is like Disney without the weird cryogenic baggage. Year after year, Hayao Miyazaki and his team of animators...




  • Sheila Vand is “girl,” a vampire in “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” (Kino Lorber Inc.)

    Film Review: ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

    This vampire wears a chador rather than a cape. She is clearly not an Anne Rice kind of vampire, but you will still find plenty... Read more

  • A scene from dance documentary “Flamenco, Flamenco.” (Courtesy of GPD)

    Film Review: ‘Flamenco, Flamenco’

    Carlos Saura is sort of like the Busby Berkeley of flamenco and other traditional Iberian musical forms, except he stages musical numbers with Spartan elegance... Read more

  • Nicolas Vreeland, Buddhist and grandson of fashion icon Diana Vreeland, in Naples, Italy. (Saskia de Rothschild/Kino Lorber Inc.)

    Film Review: ‘Monk With a Camera’

    Being the subject of documentaries runs in the Vreeland family. Celebrated Vogue editor Diana Vreeland’s career was chronicled in her own doc, “Diana Vreeland: the... Read more

  • James Wolk and Allison Miller in 'Always Woodstock.' (Gravitas Ventures)

    Film Review: ‘Always Woodstock,’ Featherweight and Forgettable

    Among American cultural milestones, Woodstock 1969 looms large. Yasgur’s Farm. Jimi, Janis, Country Joe, the mudslide tribe on brown acid, etc., 400,000 bell-bottomed, rained-on miserable... Read more

  • Gael Garcia Bernal in a scene from the film, "Rosewater." (AP Photo/Open Road Films, Laith Al-Majali)

    Film Review: ‘Rosewater’

    You can take the man away from the humor. But you clearly can’t always take the humor from the man. This gratifying principle proves true... Read more

  • A scene from "Every Last Child," a documentary following the polio epidemic in Pakistan. (DOC NYC)

    Film Review: ‘Every Last Child’

    It is a subject that the Taliban and Jenny McCarthy agree on. They both oppose vaccinations. Of course, the Taliban take it a bit further... Read more

  • Logan Huffman and Mark Pellegrino in "Bad Turn Worse." (Starz Digital Media)

    Film Review: ‘Bad Turn Worse,’ Texas Noir

    Looking for work? You might consider moving to Texas. The state unemployment rate is a full point lower than New York, and a cotton mill... Read more

  • Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones in “The Homesman.” (Roadside Attractions)

    Film Review: ‘The Homesman,’ Tommy Lee Jones’s Uncompromising Promise

    In the TV series “Lonesome Dove,” Tommy Lee Jones’s character schleps a friend’s corpse (Robert Duvall) behind his horse for months, to honor his burial... Read more

  • A scene in "Wolves." (Ketchup Entertainment)

    Film Review: ‘Wolves’

    Evidently, werewolves can be as snobby as anyone. Sure, some humans are turned through bites, but hereditary lycanthropes look down their snouts at them. You... Read more

  • The Miss Tibet traditional dress contest, a scene from the documentary "Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile." (Norah Shapiro)

    Film Review: ‘Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile’

    For 10 years and counting, second- and even third-generation exiles have competed in a beauty pageant to represent a country they have never lived in... Read more

  • A scene from Soviet hockey documentary “Red Army.” (Film Society of Lincoln Center)

    Film Review: ‘Red Army’

    Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov remains one of the most celebrated players in the history of Russian hockey, but he was also the closest thing to a... Read more

  • Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games - Mockingjay - Part 1." (Murray Close/Lionsgate)

    Film Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1′

    This cynical and unnecessary attempt to splice Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games finale into two movies suffers from spreading the material so thin. The Games might... Read more

  • Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in "Beyond The Lights." (Suzanne Tenner/Relativity Media)

    Film Review: ‘Beyond the Lights,’ Love Beyond the Limelight

    Did you ever kill ants using a magnifying glass when you were a kid? Ever wonder how hot that spotlight Katy Perry and Lady Gaga... Read more

  • Actors reenact the fighting in Lithuania during World War II for the film "The Invisible Front." (Courtesy of Jonas Ohman)

    Film Review: ‘The Invisible Front,’ Lithuania’s Heritage of Resistance

    As Putinist forces wage a dirty war against Ukraine, it is hard to avoid the sinking feeling of history repeating itself. However, there is some... Read more

  • A scene of Greg Baker's powerful documentary 'We Are The Giant.' (Kaleidoscope Entertainment)

    Film Review: ‘We Are The Giant’

    The fall of President Ben Ali during the revolution in Tunisia triggered a wave of uprising in the Middle East leading to what became the... Read more

  • Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde and Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” (Focus Features)

    Film Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’

    What would you do if you were told you had two years left to live? In Stephen Hawking’s case, get a doctorate in cosmology from... Read more


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