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September 07, 2016
The Vessel Proves See-Worthy
A Terrence Malick production steers clear of heavy-handed metaphor thanks to a bounty of beautiful...
August 25, 2016
Identity Crisis Applies to More Than Just Characters in “Morris From America”
A too-thin slice-of-life story leaves audiences underfed.
July 07, 2016
Potent Story Lacks Punch in The Innocents
A Polish religious drama has a distinctive story but a less memorable visual approach.
July 01, 2016
Les Cowboys Exchanges Indians for Islam
An update on The Searchers takes John Ford to France.
June 24, 2016
The Neon Demon Doesn’t Know When to Quit
Style struggles to triumph over substance. Does it succeed?
May 20, 2016
Sunset Song Sure Is Something to See
Gloriously old-fashioned and visually stunning.
May 14, 2016
Last Days in the Desert offers portrait of Jesus the man
Getting down and dirty with the hypostatic union
April 08, 2016
Jazz Biopic Battle Goes to Baker
Miles Davis may have been a more skilled trumpeter than Chet Baker, but the West...
March 11, 2016
With ‘Knight of Cups,’ Have We Already Seen the Best Film of 2016?
Terrence Malick’s style may have reached its apex with this story of spiritual struggle.
March 03, 2016
Eddie the Eagle takes flight, but doesn’t quite soar
It’s not about winning, it’s about the beauty of naively competing
October 23, 2015
INTERVIEW: 60 Minutes journalists in pursuit of “Truth”
Sure, Mary Mapes screwed up, but is there more to say about story?
October 10, 2015
Labyrinth of Lies powerfully confronts the silence of postwar Germany
How does one account for the collective sins of a nation?
August 28, 2015
“Grandma” searches for a semblance of love amid tragic dysfunction
A role tailor-made for Lily Tomlin
August 26, 2015
No Escape is the expat’s worst fears realized
Family-centered, but not family-friendly, action
August 26, 2015
Birdman: the Torture of Creative Integrity
Review of Birdman, Directed by Alejandro Inarritu Oscars are useful as cultural barometers. They say...
August 07, 2015
Ricki and the Flash want us to forgive ourselves
A story of forgiveness without confession
July 28, 2015
Paper Towns tears down the straight-laced facade of suburbia
The teenage philosophers and poets are back, and it’s delightful
July 27, 2015
Irrational Man is a hopeless triumph of the conscience
It sure would be comforting to be a Christian…
July 24, 2015
Southpaw shows us the virtues of floating like a butterfly
The story of a boxer who learns to grow up
July 10, 2015
Jimmy’s Hall: Footloose in Ireland
The classic story of religious prudes versus enlightened love.
June 12, 2015
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is the cancer movie our generation deserves
Better than The Fault in our Stars
May 06, 2015
Far from the Madding Crowd is a welcome reinterpretation
The fourth time is a charm
April 27, 2015
The Water Diviner takes a refreshing dive into one of history’s footnotes
A worthy directing effort from Crowe
April 23, 2015
Underdogs and the power of faith: director Alejandro Monteverde on Little Boy
Based on Interview with Alejandro Monteverde, Director of Little Boy The “faith-based” box When it...
March 06, 2015
There are still new stories to be told in the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Over favorite octogenarian expats are back
February 20, 2015
McFarland, USA Shows How to Run the Race
Well played if overly familiar, this inspirational sports story is tough to fault.
January 30, 2015
Moral Discussions Engage in “Winter Sleep”
Breathtakingly beautiful and rich in moral discussion, this intimate epic earns every minute of its...
January 24, 2015
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?”
Profoundly Russian – in both the literal and literary sense
January 18, 2015
Still Alice: Memory and the self-made woman
The family drama rendition of Memento
December 12, 2014
The Imitation Game: A war story for the 21st century
Hollywood has been waiting to tell this story for some time
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