“Alien: Covenant” Starts Promisingly, but Fails down the Stretch

Plus, some words on why Ridley Scott is a good entertainer, but not a great director. [Read more…]

“Cries from Syria” Is an Illuminating, Gut-wrenching Masterclass in Current Events Filmmaking

Not for the fainthearted, this HBO documentary clearly lays out recent history in Syria, from the Arab Spring until today. [Read more…]

“Colossal” Offers a Novel Take on the Monster Movie As Allegory

In Nacho Vigalondo’s thoughtful and strange tale, childhood events and character flaws become monstrous. [Read more…]

“Lost City of Z” Is an Enchanting Throwback with a Progressive Twist

Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson made their names as eye candy, but show their legitimate talent in James Gray’s substantive story of British exploration. [Read more…]

Despite the Promise of Its Title, “Gifted” Earns a C-

Director Marc Webb, splendid in his debut “(500) Days of Summer,” has yet to recapture that film’s magic. [Read more…]

“Land of Mine” Profoundly, Austerely Considers War’s Effects on Our Humanity

Denmark’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee explores a forgotten fragment of World War II History. [Read more…]

Book Break: “On Tyranny” Is Essential Reading in Pre-Fascist America and Europe

When a prominent scholar of 20th Century fascism and the Holocaust sounds the alarm, it’s time to pay heed. [Read more…]

Sacrilege Double Feature: “The Most Hated Woman in America” and “The Brand New Testament”

Now available for home viewing, a Madalyn Murray O’Hair biopic and an irreverent take on Christian theology: one dismally disappoints, one rambunctiously entertains. [Read more…]

Stop-Motion Tenderness Amidst Darkness Can Be Found in “My Life as a Zucchini”

This Oscar-nominated film out of Switzerland and France innovatively offers a sympathetic orphan’s tale. [Read more…]

Denzel Swings for the “Fences,” Hits a Triple with His Oscar-Nominated Film

Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s psychologically rich, Pulitzer-winning play mostly succeeds in jumping to the big screen. [Read more…]