Film Reviews

‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’—Expect Hot Action Plus the Summer’s Coolest Romance


Tom Cruise—say what you will about him—his espousal of, you know, certain thetanic… tenets, his heartfelt and misunderstood need to jump on couches, whatever. He’s...

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    ‘Trainwreck’ Review: Amy Schumer’s Brilliant—But Guess Who’s Better?

    A dad hilariously tries to convey to his two young daughters, perched on the hood of the family car, how it would be to have... Read more

  • Actor Adi Rukun, left, and director Joshua Oppenheimer pose for photographers at the photo call for the film The Look of Silence the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Azia)

    When Your Neighbors Are Murderers

    WASHINGTON—In Joshua Oppenheimer’s latest documentary, “The Look of Silence,” there is a scene when an elderly mother is asked, “How do you feel living surrounded... Read more

  • (L to R) Bob, Kevin, and Stuart are on a mission in "Minions", Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's comedy adventure in which the Minions try to save all Minionkind...from annihilation (© 2015 Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment)

    ‘Minions': Making Millions in Movie Multiplexes

    The penguins from the “Madagascar” franchise starred in their own movie; now it’s the minions of the “Despicable” movies turn. Can they handle it? Oh... Read more

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    Edinburgh International Film Festival Review: ‘Iona’

    “Iona, Iona, where do I go from here?” is the question that haunts the central character at the end of this film. Indeed, with the... Read more

  • Ron "Stray Dog" Hall (R) with Teddy in the documentary film "Stray Dog."  (Courtesy of Still Rolling Productions)

    ‘Stray Dog’ Review: Harley-Davidson Culture Is Therapy for US Biker War Vets

    NEW YORK—Biker culture. Harley-Davidson culture. Lately we Americans think we know all about outlaw biker culture, having been inundated with HBO’s biker gang show, “Sons... Read more

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    Featured Film: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’

    I will say it shamelessly: until recently, Charlie Chaplin used to creep me out.  I had always found something so unsettling about his rectangular moustache,... Read more

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

    ‘SlingShot': Segway Inventor Says End of Clean Water Is Near—So He Built a Solution

    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... Read more

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    Pixar’s Amazing ‘Inside Out': From Talking Cars to Little Emotion-People Who Live in Our Brains

    Ladies and gentleman—Pixar’s back, telling toon-tales for tots and tweens, with tech skills nobody else can touch! The wonderfully inventive “Inside Out,” Pixar’s latest, is about... Read more

  • Amy Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury music festival in Pilton, Somerset, England, in 2007. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘Amy': How Winehouse Became the Latest Inductee to ’27 Club’ Dead-Rock-Star Hall of Fame

    Amy Winehouse’s hit “Rehab” took the world by storm. As did her whole showbiz package: 1960s retro cat-eye eyeliner, beehive hairdo, short-shorts, flats, and sailor... Read more

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    Edinburgh International Film Festival Review: ‘Paper Planes’

    A boy on a bike, a hawk in flight and a Japanese girl with insight make up the lead trio in this charming coming-to-terms-with-loss story... Read more

  • (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

  • Ken Taylor

    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

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