Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Bitter Harvest’

(Devil's Harvest Production)
(Devil's Harvest Production)

On the spectrum of human enormity, the Holodomor, Stalin’s genocidal campaign to starve Ukraine to the brink of extinction, ranks somewhere near the Cambodian Killing...




  • (L—R) Zhiyong Zhang, Gang Xu, and Weihua Wang in "Free and Easy."(Weihua Wang)

    Film Review: ‘Free and Easy’

    Zhang Zhiyong is a soap salesman just like Ryan O’Neal who sold Bibles in “Paper Moon” and Robert Preston who sold musical instruments in “The... Read more

  • (CNEX)

    Film Review: ‘Plastic China’

    In China, they recycle plastic, but throw away lives. China is the leading importer of plastic waste from the West, but education is a luxury,... Read more

  • (Ama Productions)

    Film Review: ‘What Tears Us Apart’

    If Shen Dai had remained in China, there is no way an Isabelle Huppert-like film star ever would have been part of her social circle... Read more

  • (X-Filme Creative Pool)

    Film Review: ‘Alone in Berlin’

    German novelist Hans Fallada had a complicated relationship with the National Socialists. He survived to watch the regime fall, but not long enough to see... Read more

  • (L–R) Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history, in “Hidden Figures.” (Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox Film).

    Movie Review: ‘Hidden Figures’: NASA’s First Black Female Math Wizards

    So there was this African-American woman in the 1960s, see, whose math skills not only outstripped all her male rocket-scientist colleagues, but also put the... Read more

  • (Hey Jude Productions)

    Film Review: ‘On the Map’

    1972 was the worst year ever for international sports. During the notorious Munich Olympics, eleven members of the Israeli delegation were killed by Black September,... Read more

  • (Beijing Skywheel Entertainment Co.)

    Film Review: ‘I am not Madame Bovary’

    To understand Li Xuelian’s situation, you would be better served reading Kafka than Flaubert. Appealing her legal case all the way to Beijing is truly... Read more

  • A view of the atmosphere at The World Premiere of Disney’s "MOANA" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 14. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

    ‘Moana’ a Celebration of Traditional Culture

    If you’re looking for the next film worthy of taking the entire family to the theater, look no further than “Moana,” a warm, dazzling, and... Read more

  • Tom Sizemore and Matthew Pearson in "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage." (USS Indianapolis Productions)

    Film Review: ‘USS Indianapolis—Men of Honor’

    There have been a lot of posthumous service medals bestowed in recent years, which maybe isn’t a bad thing, but the Navy has made it... Read more

  • One of the treasures at Mes Aynak. (German Camera Productions)

    Film Review: ‘Saving Mes Aynak’

    It is an ancient Silk Road settlement dating back centuries, but it is built upon the ruins of a 5,000-year-old Bronze Age community. Its archaeological... Read more

  • Stephen Lang in "Beyond Glory." (Young Gunner Films)

    Film Review: ‘Beyond Glory’

    Almost half of all U.S. Medal of Honor honorees served during the Civil War. It has been bestowed posthumously 621 times throughout history. Currently, only... Read more

  • (Kissaki Films)

    Film Review: ‘The Eagle Huntress’

    Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a 13-year-old ethnic Kazakh nomad in northwest Mongolia, who became the sort of internet sensation every hipster aspires to be; a picture... Read more

  • Marvel's “Doctor Strange”: Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) (Film Frame/Marvel)

    Movie Review: ‘Doctor Strange’: Newest Marvel Movie Unlocks True Origins of Avenger Superpowers

    PG-13  |  115 min  |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  4 November 2016 (USA) A man gets sick. Medicine can’t cure him. So he goes searching... Read more

  • (Just Show Production Beijing)

    Film Review: Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s ‘Crosscurrent’

    The Yangtze is the river of rivers. It probably facilitates more commercial traffic than the Mississippi and definitely carries more ancient baggage than the Nile... Read more

  • (Itami Productions)

    Film Review: Juzo Itami’s ‘Tampopo’

    We call any old instant noodles ramen here in the West, but in Japan there are very definite rules as to what constitutes ramen and... Read more

  • 'The Worthy' (BFI London Film Festival)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘The Worthy’

    A familiar apocalyptic tale is given a new locale in which to find a fresh approach to infections and survivalist horror in Emirati director Al... Read more

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