Film Reviews

Movie Review: ‘The BFG’: For Children, Steven Spielberg Is a Big Friendly Giant

(L–R) Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and “The BFG,” (Mark Rylance) in the big, friendly giant’s workshop ((C) 2016 Storyteller Distributuion Co., LLC.)
(L–R) Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and “The BFG,” (Mark Rylance) in the big, friendly giant’s workshop ((C) 2016 Storyteller Distributuion Co., LLC.)

PG  |  117 min  |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  1 July 2016 (USA) The problem with telling a fairy tale nowadays (especially in America) is...

  • Kitty Genovese, the symbol of urban apathy, who was reportedly murdered in front of 38 witnesses-- and none helped.  Apparently the apathy was invented by a media report. (The Witnesses Film, LLC)

    Film Review: ‘The Witness’

    When it comes to armchair sociology, the significance of the Catherine “Kitty” Genovese case ranks alongside the Stanley Milgram experiments. However, much of what we... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner makes his concession speech in midtown New York after losing the election to Bill de Blasio. Weiner is the subject of a documentary by Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman, opening Friday, May 20, 2016, in limited release. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

    ‘Weiner’ Is Riveting Fly-on-the-Wall Filmmaking

    There are lots of fly-on-the-wall documentaries. But occasionally there’s one that makes you want to ask the fly: Just HOW did you get onto that... Read more

  • Samantha Montgomery, also known as Princess Shaw. (Ido Haar)

    Film Review: ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’

    As one would expect from a Kibbutz resident, Ophir Kutiel (a.k.a. Kutiman) definitely considers music a collective endeavor. He is not such a believer in... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Almost Holy’

    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... Read more

  • (L–R) Alicia (Chloë Sevigny ) and Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) plot in “Love & Friendship,” Jane Austin’s parody of romantic novels. (Roadside Attractions)

    Movie Review: ‘Love & Friendship’

    When tackling Jane Austen’s unfinished early novel “Lady Susan,” Whit Stillman stripped away the epistolary structure, but the characters’ desire to dish remains as strong as... Read more

  • Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler in "X-men: Apocalypse" (Alan Markfield/© 2015 Marvel/TM/ © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Actual Apocalypse Happening Right Now, Movie Version Not So Much

    The Apocalypse. Armageddon. Aren’t we smack-dab in the middle of it right now? Edgar Cayce, “The Sleeping Prophet,” predicted fully two-thirds of the world’s human... Read more

  • Still from "Dragon Inn."  (Janus Films)

    Film Review: ‘Dragon Inn’

    The Dragon Inn is one of the most famous lodging houses in motion picture history—and also one of the most remote. It was not a... Read more

  • (L–R) Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” (

    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

  • Solar panels being installed in "Catching the Sun." (7th Empire Media)

    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

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