Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘One Chance’

Alexandra Roach and James Corden star in “One Chance.” (Liam Daniel/The Weinstein Company)
Alexandra Roach and James Corden star in “One Chance.” (Liam Daniel/The Weinstein Company)

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...

  • 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

  • Joaquin Phoenix in the 1970s-era mystery “Inherent Vice,” which screened at the New York Film Festival. (Film Society of Lincoln Center)

    Film Review: ‘Inherent Vice’

    Without question, the Thomas Pynchon character that most persistently arouses reader fascination is Pynchon himself. Already, we are seeing reports that Pynchon makes a brief... Read more

  • (L–R) Ger Duany, Arnold Oceng, and Emmanuel Jal play Sudanese refugees in “The Good Lie.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Bob Mahoney)

    Film Review: ‘The Good Lie’

    The movie poster for “The Good Lie” features a smiling Reese Witherspoon, front and center. But, truth be told, neither Witherspoon nor her character is... Read more

  • Timothy Spall is the irascible 19th century British painter J.M.W Turner in “Mr. Turner,” which screened during the New York Film Festival. (Sony Pictures Classics)

    Film Review: ‘Mr. Turner’

    Some of J.M.W. Turner’s most famous subjects include Hannibal traversing the Alps and a study of sea monsters (or perhaps just fish, as the Tate... Read more

  • Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as music teacher Fletcher in “Whiplash.” (Daniel McFadden/Sony Pictures Classics)

    Film Review: ‘Whiplash’

    The late lamented International Association for Jazz Education’s (IAJE) annual conference-jazz gathering used to be such a breath of fresh air, because you could see... Read more

  • Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) in his day job at a hardware store, in a scene from “The Equalizer.” (AP Photo/Sony, Columbia Pictures, Scott Garfield)

    Film Review: ‘Equalizer’

    If you were lucky enough to catch Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, you saw the hugely charismatic actor portray, in... Read more

  • In the film “Gone Girl,” Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck, L) is questioned by detectives about the disappearance of his wife, Amy, as Nick’s in-laws (Lisa Banes and David Clennon) look on. (Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox)

    Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’

    With the screenplay of “Gone Girl” written by Gillian Flynn, herself the author of the 2012 best-selling novel, and in the gifted hands of director... Read more

  • Mark Karpeles showing director Nicholas Mross the Mt. Gox bitcoin servers in Tokyo, Japan, in a scene from the documentary “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.” (Fair Acres Media)

    Film Review: ‘The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin’

    In the near-ish future, hyperinflation, Gresham’s Law, and even central banking as we know it might become relics of the past. We are not there... Read more

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