Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Almost Holy’

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Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko’s name is surely on the list of Ukrainian leaders to be rounded-up for a Moscow show trial if the city of Mariupol...

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    Movie Review: ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

    In retrospect, it is rather ironic that some of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s best-known work involved the area of number theory known as partitions. Of... Read more

  • This image released by RLJ Entertainment shows Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in a scene from, "Nina." (Suzanne Tenner/RLJ Entertainment via AP)

    Issues of ‘Nina’ Much More Than Skin-Deep

    The questionable casting of Zoe Saldana is only one of the many problems with Cynthia Mort’s limp and misjudged Nina Simone biopic “Nina.” Little of... Read more

  • In this image released by Bleecker Street, Michael Shannon portrays Elvis Presley (L) and Kevin Spacey portrays President Richard Nixon in a scene from "Elvis & Nixon." (Steve Dietl/Bleecker Street via AP)

    ‘Elvis & Nixon’ Recalls a Bizarre Moment in History

    This we know: On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley showed up bright and early at the White House gates, delivering a barely legible note he’d... Read more

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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

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