Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Force Majeure’

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

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...

  • 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

  • James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in 'The Drop' (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘The Drop’

    Too many reviews of late have been prefaced by noting that the film marks the final performance of a talent prematurely snatched from us, and... Read more

  • Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild.' (Anne Marie Fox/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Film Review: ‘Wild’

    Dropped straight into the seemingly hopeless nadir of Cheryl Strayed’s journey of redemption from the opening sequence, Reese Witherspoon sits atop a pine-flecked vista, pulls... Read more

  • Ta Phrom doorway, Angkor Wat, Cambodia. (Jeremy Edwards/iStock/Thinkstock)

    ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ The Soderbergh Version (Link to Video)

    If you haven’t seen or heard of it already, you soon will. A version of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as a silent film in... Read more

  • (L-R) Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in 'The Imitation Game.' (Jack English/The Weinstein Company)

    Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

    A disparate set of mismatched components stitched together to form a coherent whole. That’s either a description of the machine at the heart of this... Read more

  • A scene from “Queen and Country.” (Film Society at Lincoln Center)

    Film Review: ‘Queen and Country’

    In 1952, the commanding Winston Churchill was back in 10 Downing Street and war once again entangled the Allies, this time in Korea. He may... Read more

  • The always-positive dad (Steve Carell) loses his cool in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” With Kerris Dorsey and Jennifer Garner. (Dale Robinette/Disney Enterprises)

    Film Review: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

    That’s quite the title, eh? Guaranteed to jump into the American lexicon and pop back out next election: “Republican challenger has terrible, horrible, no good,... Read more

  • Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan is surrounded by sentient robots in “Automata.” (Millennium Entertainment)

    Film Review: ‘Automata’

    Ever thought Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics were too complicated? Happily, the ROC robotics corporation has distilled them down to two prime directives. Essentially, all... Read more

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