Why We Fight: Searching for Justice in an Unjust World

 A Review of Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer and Wachowski Starship By ALEXIS NEAL Every once in a while, you see movies advertised as offering ‘something for everyone,’ and it’s usually just so much marketing malarkey. Cloud Atlas is an exception. This deeply strange film includes: a period adventure on the high seas (complete [Read More...]

When the Legend Becomes Fact…

Review of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Directed by John Ford By PAUL D. MILLER Here is a movie that just begs to be a Jeopardy question. The category is “Classic Film.” The answers are: “The only movie in which Jimmy Stewart punches John Wayne in the face,” “The second movie in which Jimmy [Read More...]

Why defect to North Korea?

Review of Crossing the Line, Directed by Daniel Gordon and Nicholas Bonner By KENDRICK KUO Crossing the Line is a British documentary about American defectors to North Korea. In 1962, James J. Dresnok, a U.S. Army soldier, defected to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. To my surprise, although the documentary focuses on Dresnok, it [Read More...]

Senna: Racing to the Glory of God

Review of Senna, Directed by Asif Kapadia By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER As a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association, I’m honored to take part in the group’s year-end awards vote. Between my regular assignments as a film critic for Crosswalk.com, I try to squeeze in as many films as I can in order to [Read More...]

Good News/Bad News

Review of The Cabin in the Woods, Directed by Drew Goddard By ALEXIS NEAL Five college students—a stoner, a jock, a nerd, a (bottle) blonde, and a girl-next-door—head off to spend the weekend at a remote cabin (which, of course, always ends well). Meanwhile, technicians in some sort of high-tech facility prepare for an important [Read More...]

The Slavery of Spite

Review of Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock By PAUL D. MILLER Rebecca (1940) is a creepy film. From the opening shot of trees in the mist to a key sequence in the fog to the closing shot of a mansion engulfed in smoke, the film is pervaded with wisps of the gray stuff, a visual [Read More...]

Food Dreams

Review of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Directed by David Gelb By KENDRICK KUO I love sushi, but I don’t dream of it. Jiro does. The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi examines the life and art of Jiro Ono, who is hailed as the world’s best sushi shokunin. The word Japanese word shokunin literally means ‘craftsman’ [Read More...]

That’ll Be the Day

Review of The Searchers, Directed by John Ford By PAUL D. MILLER The Searchers (1956) is a John Wayne western made in the 1950s, which might immediately suggest to you a certain kind of movie:  an all-American hero fighting outlaws and Indians with a six-shooter, a pack of one-liners, and a grinning swagger.  Wayne did [Read More...]

The Call of Cthulhu

Review of The Call of Cthulhu, Directed by Andrew Leman By ALEXIS NEAL Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn …  In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming … That is not dead which can eternal lie,  And with strange aeons even death may die … These cryptic phrases appear in a manuscript found among the [Read More...]

Longing for the Promised Land

Review of The Syrian Bride, Directed by Eran Riklis By KENDRICK KUO Not a terribly famous movie, The Syrian Bride is mainly in Arabic with occasional Hebrew and is directed by an Israeli. The very context of the film is fascinating. It takes place in the Golan Heights, a hotly contested area between Israel and [Read More...]