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...]

Beyond the Mask (Burns, 2015)


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)


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...]