Fury (dir. David Ayer, USA/UK, 2014)

Writer/director David Ayer’s tight narrative, psychological nuance, and near-tactile evocation of war’s squalor sets a high standard for the WW2 films yet to come before year’s end. [Read more...]

Kill the Messenger (dir. Michael Cuesta, USA, 2014)

Jeremy Renner excels in this worthwhile if flawed account of journalist Gary Webb’s efforts to expose CIA misdeeds in Central America and the War on Drugs. Which matters more: ideology or people? [Read more...]

Review: Nothing is Missing in ‘Gone Girl’

Finally! A flick that lives up to the hype. [Read more...]

Love Is Strange (dir. Ira Sachs, USA/France, 2014)

Inspired by the style and stories of master director Yasujiro Ozu, Ira Sachs crafts an excellent drama, making universal the particulars of one family’s challenges and changes. [Read more...]

James Gandolfini’s Praiseworthy Final Bow: The Drop

Fans of The Sopranos and The Wire will discover much to appreciate in this fine suspense film. [Read more...]

Review: ‘The Drop’ (2014)

Set in a cold, dark Brooklyn, Michael Roskam’s gangster drama, The Drop, follows Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), a lonely bartender of a “drop bar” used by a Chechen mobster to funnel money to local gangsters. When the bar is robbed of several thousand of the mob’s money, and Bob unwittingly gives an investigator more information [Read More...]

Land Ho! (dir. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, USA, 2014)

A wise comedy with warm characters, set in lovely Iceland, is a welcome addition to the summer movie roster. [Read more...]

The Zero Theorem (dir. Terry Gilliam)

Terry Gilliam’s latest sci-fi dystopia challenges the mind and overwhelms the senses. [Read more...]

Calvary: An Alternate View

With Calvary, writer and director John Michael McDonagh most certainly knows how to tell a good (albeit flawed) story, though I vehemently disagree with the heart of his allegory. [Read more...]

Review: ‘The Giver’ Brings Beloved Book into Vibrant Color

When a youth becomes aware of horrors of humanity, does he react with hope or despair? [Read more...]


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