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Hands of Stone (2016)
To watch Ramirez and DeNiro spar in the boxing biopic Hands of Stone -- the story of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran and his aging American trainer Ray Arcel -- is to revel in two nimble performers striking with power and clarity.
Posted Aug 23, 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
The material could have used a full-out comedic plot in the P. G. Wodehouse vein or something slyly sophisticated like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Instead it gets lost in the shallows -- along with Streep's Oscar chances.
Posted Aug 11, 2016
"Weiner" emerges as the political film for this election cycle, the tragicomedy we deserve.
Posted May 6, 2016
Orange is the new black for Kevin Costner in Ariel Vroman's crazy sci-fi espionage actioner, a star vehicle that fast and furiously leaps from action set piece to action set piece in an obvious effort to avoid the giant plot holes imperiling the story.
Posted Apr 15, 2016
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Fey's female-driven comedy, written and directed by men, follows the tradition perfected by Evelyn Waugh in his 1938 novel Scoop. While his fish outta water story is hysterically funny and enduring; the forgettable WTF only delivers an occasional chuckle.
Posted Mar 2, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Joyous chaos is what the Coen Brothers harness in their generous-spirited wet kiss to the industry they continue to master and remake. Bliss!
Posted Feb 5, 2016
The notion that true love is a physical, emotional and spiritual bond between two individuals (whatever their sex) forms the powerful theme of a film that glistens from every pore, including those of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara
Posted Sep 29, 2015
The Keeping Room (2015)
The home invasion thriller occasionally clashes with the period damsels drama-a bit more breathless, a little less breathy? And, yet, the feminist Civil War film remains a fascinating historical tale unfolding on fertile ground.
Posted Sep 25, 2015
Denis Villeneuve's Sicario is a slick, simplistic view of the War on Drugs propelled by great perfs from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin and balletic violent set pieces. I wanted "Traffic," I got movie crack.
Posted Sep 17, 2015
Testament Of Youth (2015)
Lithe and serious Alicia Vikander stars in the gossamer-and-gritty, female-driven WW1 period drama. Adding in "Game of Thrones" Kit Harrington gives this PBS-style drama added John Snow oomph.
Posted Jun 5, 2015
Tomorrowland is "Spy Kids" in space. Which turns out not be a bad thing although it may come as a surprise to those who have watched George Clooney do the P.R. rounds, hefting his epic charm as if it were Thor's hammer.
Posted May 23, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Tom Hardy is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. Well, OK, maybe one more time in George Miller's furious adrenaline pill that's true to the movie's kick-ass roots.
Posted May 15, 2015
Welcome to Me (2015)
In the burnt-toast black Sundance comedy, Kristen Wiig goes dark and bipolar without losing her shield of likeability. It's a superpower to be marveled at, like the ability to carry on a long conversation without looking at one's mobile device.
Posted Apr 27, 2015
Woman in Gold (2015)
Helen Mirren has become like Meryl Streep: nearly every time she has a leading role a little alarm goes off that signals Oscar gold.
Posted Apr 8, 2015
If there is such a thing as a warm-bath movie, The Second Best Marigold Hotel defines it. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy just get better with age in a mild comedy that celebrates life to the very end.
Posted Mar 4, 2015
What We Do In The Shadows (2015)
Darkly, edgily funny, the mockumentary about four nocturnal, bloodsucking flat-mates in Wellington, New Zealand reduced me to a quivering laugh zombie. It's MTV's Real World meets Hammer Horror with a nod to Christopher Guest.
Posted Feb 27, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
The biggest disappointment for those non-readers of the book is the feeling of is-that-all-there-is? A bit of rope, some hanging around, six smacks - it's tame enough to make Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones smirk.
Posted Feb 12, 2015
Like the bastard child of John Cassavetes and Ingmar Bergman, prolific French Canadian film director Xavier Dolan has made an exhilarating, intimate family drama that digs deep and plays dirty.
Posted Jan 28, 2015
Even if you love Michael Mann, and lust for Chris Hemsworth, this deep January technothriller does not compute.
Posted Jan 14, 2015
Two Days, One Night (2014)
If you're concerned about the disappearance of ethics in the workplace, 'Two Days, One Night' is among the year's most important films. If you're unconcerned, wake up and absorb Marion Cotillard's powerful performance. One of 2014's top ten.
Posted Dec 29, 2014
Into the Woods (2014)
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, as directed by Rob Marshall, from James Lapine's screenplay, is movie musical bliss - better than Marshall's Oscar-winning Chicago and so much better than his miscast, misbegotten Nine.
Posted Dec 26, 2014
Mr. Turner (2014)
Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh's magnificent biopic. The round-faced British character actor continues to seize awards for his crass-yet-compelling portrait of an artist as a wheezy old lout.
Posted Dec 20, 2014
Top Five (2014)
Multi-hyphenate Chris Rock kills in the hilarious account of a stand-up comic turned movie star that wants to be taken seriously.
Posted Dec 18, 2014