East Bay Express
"Sprawling, ultra-violent, carefully plotted, masterfully constructed Russian epic."
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
"Will charm not only the filmmaker's devoted cult but possibly a few of his detractors."
The Rocket (2014)
"Begs us to stop for a few minutes to soak up the meaning underneath the surface."
The Wind Rises (2014)
"The question cannot help arise: Why devote a movie to this man?"
If You Build It (2014)
"You'll be happy you saw this film."
Tim's Vermeer (2014)
"Just crazy enough to make us smile, for exactly eighty minutes."
"So this is what it's like to be a young Palestinian in the occupied West Bank."
Like Father, Like Son (2014)
The Square (2013)
"One of the very best documentaries of 2013."
Border Incident (1949)
"Paulina García gives a powerhouse performance in a completely naturalistic setting."
That Awkward Moment (2014)
"Smarter-than-average urban sex comedy."
Stranger by the Lake (2014)
"Will reward film fans who have admired Claude Chabrol and the screen adaptations of Patricia Highsmith."
The Monuments Men (2014)
Labor Day (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
"Perfectly fine stupid entertainment for the dark months."
Lone Survivor (2014)
"Hard edges, clean visual lines of action, very little gung-ho boo-rah."
The Invisible Woman (2013)
"Gloomy, Masterpiece Theatre-style exposé."
Gimme Shelter (2014)
"Overcome its obstacles in the simplest, most effective way of all, with classic melodramatic role-playing."
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
"Advertising that audiences have to pay to see."
The Last Days On Mars (2013)
"Nothing here that hasn't been done better before."
At Berkeley (2013)
"We can feel our IQ rising in the four hours we spend exploring the kaleidoscope of thought."
"Earns its heartwarming-ness honestly, with Dench and Coogan mouthing the dialogue with utter believability."
"Half-satisfying little piece of gristle."
The Great Beauty (2013)
"A little La Dolce Vita, bits of Last Year at Marienbad, and flashes of Russian Ark."
Delivery Man (2013)
"Objections are washed away by the ingratiating performance of Vince Vaughn."
Spinning Plates (2013)
"Proves there are no exhausted topics, only skilled (or the obverse) storytellers."
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Le passé (The Past) (2013)
August: Osage County (2013)
"The story is a congealed mass of clichés, but we can forget about all previous hen parties and just sop it up like gravy bread."
"A not very satisfying, not especially nourishing combination sci-fi story/romantic comedy."
Grudge Match (2013)
"If Stiller can squeeze a smile out of that situation, he's a magician. He does, and therefore he is."
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"The weakest movie in Martin Scorsese's fifty-year career, the worst writing Scorsese has ever been associated with."
American Hustle (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"Maybe the series will go on forever. Would that be such a bad thing?"
Out of the Furnace (2013)
"A one-note sonata of grief."
Sweet Dreams (2013)
"The joy that reflects on their faces from the energetic music and the cool, creamy treats is a rare thing."
Bettie Page Reveals All (2013)
"A spanking good date movie, with the right date, of course."
"Hard-hearted and ostentatiously nasty, the most stylish thing Spike Lee has been involved with for years. "
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)
"Never underestimate the power of American roots music to seep into the consciousness of people all over the world."
The Book Thief (2013)
"It's not exactly Eisenstein but we'll take what we can get."