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)

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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...]

Beyond the Mask (Burns, 2015)

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Who doesn’t like a good redemption arc? [Read more...]

As It is in Heaven (Overbay, 2014)

Chris Nelson as David, in "As It is in Heaven"

With his debut feature, director Joshua Overbay has created an intriguing story of a tiny cult, prompting consideration of the continuum uniting acceptable religion and fringe groups. [Read more...]

Hoovey (McNamara, 2015)

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Hoovey is the sort of film about which a youth pastor or sleep-over-host parent can skim a capsule summary and know exactly what he or she is getting. [Read more...]


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