“1000 Times Good Night” Deserves Your Attention for an Evening

One of the year’s best films, this story of a war photographer split by demands of vocation and family challenged my mind and broke my heart, both as a world citizen and a parent. [Read more…]

“The Blue Room”: A Gallic “Gone Girl”

As a suspenseful story of marital and extramarital intrigue, this French film parallels and ultimately surpasses “Gone Girl.” [Read more…]

For Laughs and Inspiration, Take “Pride”

British miners and gay-rights activists find friendship and common cause in this very funny, inspiring crowd-pleaser. [Read more…]

Wadjda: A Girl’s Life, Saudi Style

This first-ever feature film by a female Saudi director charmingly, persuasively calls for women’s equality in the Islamic world. [Read more…]

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…]

A Classic Revisited: Red Beard (dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1965)

Red Beard, a medical drama set in 19th Century Japan, showcases director Akira Kurosawa’s flair for great storytelling, inspiring humanism, and visual brilliance. [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…]