Film Reviews

‘SlingShot': Segway Inventor Says End of Clean Water is Near—Built Incredible H2O-Purifier

Dean Kamen on Segway (Courtesy of DEKA Research and Development)
Dean Kamen on Segway (Courtesy of DEKA Research and Development)

Inventor extraordinaire Dean Kamen is obsessed with time. He invented the two-wheeled, miracle-of-balance Segway. But as brilliant as he is, he knows he can’t invent...

  • (L to R) Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), Owen (Chris Pratt), Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) watch in terror in "Jurassic World" (Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment)

    Thrill-Ride ‘Jurassic World’ Shows Why GMO Dinosaurs Are Bad for Your Health

    Die-hard fans insist no new “Jurassic” movie could ever touch the original. Oh yeah? Come again? “Jurassic World” just completely blew the doors off “Jurassic... Read more

  • Mia Wasikowska as Emma Bovary in "Madame Bovary." (Alchemy)

    ‘Madame Bovary': A New English-Language Film

    She has been played by Jennifer Jones and Isabelle Huppert, each of whom were problematic in their own particular ways. Despite being one of the... Read more

  • Poet Roland Leighton (Kit Harington) and writer Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander) are caught in the horrors of WWI in “Testament of Youth,” recommended for literate audiences. (Lionsgate Films)

    Film Review: ‘Testament of Youth’

    Fortunately for Vera Brittain, Hitler also had it in for pacifists. News that she was in the National Socialist’s infamous “Black Book” of prominent citizens... Read more

  • Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) in Anne Fontaine's film by that name. (Gaumont Film Company)

    Film Review: ‘Gemma Bovery’

    Gustave Flaubert was an exacting writer who often spent days perfecting a handful of lines, making him a fitting literary idol for a fussbudget like... Read more

  • George Clooney as Frank Walker in "Tomorrowland" (Disney)

    ‘Tomorrowland': Disney and Clooney Hop Dimensions to Escape Armageddon

    What’s your immediate thought upon hearing about a film called “Tomorrowland?” Another utopian tale, right? Well, apparently we have need of them. We need as many... Read more

  • In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Lea Seydoux portrays Loulou De Falaise, left, and Gaspard Ulliel portrays Yves Saint Laurent in the film, "Saint Laurent." (Mandarin Cinema-EuropaCorp-Orange Studio-Arte France Cinema-Scope Pictures/Sony Pictures via AP)

    Review: ‘Saint Laurent’ Is Compelling yet Maddening, Too

    There’s a wonderful scene in “Saint Laurent,” the sumptuous, exciting and also maddening new film by Bertrand Bonello, in which we watch the famous designer casually... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Our Man in Tehran': The Unredacted True Story of ‘Argo’

    The word “diplomatic” is often used as an adjective for cautious and noncommittal. That hardly describes Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor’s term of service in post-Revolutionary... Read more

  • Tom Hardy as the rebooted Max (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros)

    Film Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

    If you put Tom Hardy behind a wheel, something special happens. His last vehicular vehicle was the outstanding slow-burn drama “Locke.” The last time George... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘The Connection’

    In the dark days of 1970s, way before Giuliani, three men essentially waged a two-front war on the so-called French Connection. Eddie Egan and Sonny... Read more

  • Ana Dahl Torp in "1001 Grams." (BulBul Film AS)

    Film Review: ‘1001 Grams’

    Drug dealers will tell you the weight of kilos can vary quite considerably. Scientists also suspect this is true, but they must prove it with... Read more

  • Based on Albert Camus's short story, "Guest," Screenwriter-director David Oelhoffen has created a thoughtful adaptation in  “Far From Men."
(One World Films)

    Film Review: ‘Far From Men’

    Nobel Prize Laureate Albert Camus is associated with existentialism, but he was really a determined foe of all totalitarian “isms.” He is also closely linked... Read more

  • Anton Yelchin as "Pierre" and Zooey Deschanel as "Stella" in "The Driftless Area." (Bron studios)

    ‘The Driftless Area': Small-Town Crooks in a Midwestern Bermuda Triangle

    NEW YORK—Girl gives a boy a lucky rock. Boy buys her a rose in return. The plant nursery makes him buy the whole tiny rosebush,... Read more

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    ‘The Dead Lands': The Deadly Maori Art of Mau Rakau

    You may not be familiar with the Maori martial arts discipline of Mau Rakau, but there is a reason it translates as “to bear a... Read more

  • Scott Eastwood portrays Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback. (Michael Tackett/20th Century Fox Film Corporation)

    ‘The Longest Ride': Scott Eastwood’s Star Rises

    Dirty Harry’s back! Talk about a chip off the old block; young Scott Eastwood is the spitting image of dad, Clint. Granted, a slightly more... Read more

  • Rohmer’s ‘Full Moon in Paris,’ Re-released

    It is the early 1980s in Paris. The hair is feathered and the phones are all rotary. It looks glaringly dated, but the relationship issues... Read more

  • Italian actor Marco Leonardi poses during the photocall of the movie "Anime Nere" presented in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2014 at Venice Lido. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

    Film Review: ‘Black Souls,’ Calabria’s Crime Family

    The ‘Ndrangheta is to Calabria what the Camorra is to Naples. Although they are considered more provincial amongst Italian criminal networks, they have an international... Read more

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