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…]

“Logan” Mostly Satisfies, as Superhero Movie Meets Bloody Western

The tenth X-Men film tells a solid story, while avoiding the worst Marvel movie clichés. [Read more…]

Suspense, Horror, Comedy, and Social Commentary Blend Masterfully in “Get Out”

This first turn behind the camera for Jordan Peele, of “Key and Peele” fame, is unambiguously triumphant. [Read more…]

“I Am Not Your Negro” Delivers an Unforgettable Look at Black American Experience

Drawing from the writings and life experience of James Baldwin, this documentary is rare cinematic perfection. [Read more…]

“Seasons”: A Beautiful, Stirring Tone Poem to Europe’s Disappearing Forests

This latest film by the makers of “Winged Migration” and “Oceans” condenses and considers the life of forests since the end of the Ice Age. [Read more…]

“Bending the Arc”: Changing the World, One Patient at a Time

This optimistic documentary covering the 30 year history of Partners in Health should reinfuse many a humanist’s flagging spirits. [Read more…]

Gripping History and Activist Wisdom Abound in “How to Survive a Plague”

A superb overview of the AIDS crisis awaits perusers of the book and documentary of the same title, both brainchildren of journalist David France. [Read more…]

Scenes from a Demonstration

From the Washington, D.C., Women’s March, I share my onsite observations of this unforgettable experience. [Read more…]

“Elle”: Misogyny Masquerading as Feminism

Sexual violence and manipulation fill the screen in this disturbing drama from Paul Verhoeven. [Read more…]