Miles Ahead (2016)
Steve Jobs (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] For a movie that resists the traditional biopic movie formula of career-high-and-low flashbacks (witness Ashton Kutcher's disastrous "Jobs" - now streaming on Netflix), "Steve Jobs" is a droning tone poem of a character-study."
The Martian (2015)
De Palma (2016)
The Walk (2015)
The Band Wagon (1953)
"Widely considered one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Vincent Minnelli's "The Band Wagon" connects a jumble of comedic backstage Broadway shenanigans with mix-matched show tunes via Fred Astaire's impeccable dance routines."
"[VIDEO ESSAY] A disappointment from start to finish, Denis Villeneuve's attempting-to-be-edifying international drug thriller fails miserably by the social realist parameters it portends to fulfill with macho quasi-military bombast."
Coming Home (2015)
Being Evel (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Call it a "Spaghetti War" movie. Every veneer of reality is thrown out the window. This is the kind of fantasy war concept that Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux drew upon to write their hilarious war spoof "Tropic Thunder." "
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Gift (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] It's worth sitting through four hours of Charlton Heston's hammy pregnant pauses of strained dialogue and toothy grimaces just to savor the legendary larger-than-life marathon where single rider chariots..."
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period."
Jean De Florette (1986)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period. "
The Look of Silence (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Oppenheimer's quest for "truth, justice, reconciliation and some form of healing" for Indonesian people might seem a lofty goal until you consider how badly America needs the exact same things."
Mr. Holmes (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] So precise are McKellen's tender gestures and graceful expressions that regardless of this film's less-than-perfect narrative aspects, we are rapt with delight at the privilege of witnessing his performance. "
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it is considered sacrilege in some circles to say it, Adrian Lyne's 1997 film version of Vladimir Nabokov's often banned 1954 novel is a vast improvement over Stanley Kubrick's beloved 1962 version."
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Andrei Tarkovsky's prodigious ability to conceptualize grand-scale narrative structure with a fluid sense of cinematic time continues to influence filmmakers even if few rise to such dizzying heights."
Inside Out (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Children's book authors will be eating their hearts out over co-writer/director Peter Docter's brilliantly devised story about the different emotions that people (kids in specific) feel, and how they can control the voices in their heads. "
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Brecht meets Douglas Sirk and Joseph Mankiewicz ("All About Eve") in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's delectable adaptation of his five-act stageplay, a lesbian triangle of role- switching polarities between dominance and submission. "
The Wolfpack (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] You can't help but root for these highly articulate and reserved kids to make good in the real world. You just might be hearing more from the "Wolfpack" as filmmakers in their own right."
Hot Girls Wanted (2015)
An Open Secret (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The must-see-documentary at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Asif Kapadia's ambitious biography of Amy Winehouse is a devastating look at how some of the people closest to her contributed to the singer/songwriter's untimely demise. "
Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Visually lush, and powerfully acted by a quartet of England's finest actors, John Schlesinger's "Far From the Madding Crowd" is admirable in spite of its imprecise narrative focus and flaws in its direction."
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)
Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" throws another damning chapter of accusations at America's openly racist authoritarian system that surreptitiously condones the murder of its black citizens. Call it what it is, genocide-by-degree. "
Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015)
Black Souls (2015)
Ex Machina (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Smart, sexy, and back-loaded with a terrific twist ending, "Ex Machina" is an elegant sci-fi movie that considers the possibilities of artificial intelligence in thought-provoking ways."
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Yasujirô Ozu's beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences from all backgrounds because of the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out. "
While We're Young (2015)
5 to 7 (2015)
Lambert & Stamp (2015)