Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)


Fury Road has set a high bar for action films: fully realized world, fully fleshed out characters, fantastic performances, and breathtaking visuals, all going full steam ahead without wearing the audience out [Read more...]

Because I Was a Painter (Cognet, 2014)


In contemplating art by concentration camp survivors, this austere yet affecting documentary offers a novel contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust. [Read more...]

In Country (Attie and O’Hara, 2014)

Vinh Nguyen, a former ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) soldier, now a war reenactor

War reenactment…huh…yeah…what is it good for? “Possibly something,” is the reply emanating from this documentary tracking a group of Vietnam War reenactors in Oregon. [Read more...]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Madden, 2015)

Judi Dench as "Evelyn Greenslade" and Bill Nighy as "Douglas Ainslie" in THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2. Photo by: Laurie Sparham. Copyright © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

It’s clear that when beloved matriarch figure Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) describes hotel entrepreneur Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (★★★) is attempting to write its own review. Sonny, she observes in a moment of droll understatement, gets a lot of things wrong…but never when it matters most. When he gets things right, it is a sight to behold. [Read more...]

Farewell to Hollywood (Corra and Nicholson, 2015)

Reggie Nicholson, in "Farewell to Hollywood"

This documentary about the relationship between a filmmaker and his dying young protégée is both troubling and inspiring, but never boring. [Read more...]

Out of the Dark (Quílez, 2014)


Either Out of the Dark had the misfortune to be released too soon in the wake of The Babadook or–more likely–horror films in general are a bit too formulaic for my taste. [Read more...]