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...]

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 Normal Heart (dir. Ryan Murphy, USA, 2014)

This year’s Emmy winner for Outstanding Television Movie uses a terrific ensemble to tell the gripping story of the AIDS crisis in early 1980′s New York. [Read more...]

The Zero Theorem (dir. Terry Gilliam)

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

Why We Need ‘The Giver’

In a movie landscape dominated by teen heroes, The Giver makes the case for grown-up freedom. [Read more...]

What If: Or, The Boy Who Loved

When it comes to the romantic comedy genre, there’s not much to break away from. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl in the end. In fact, by definition, romantic comedies are the most predictable movies because you’re almost guaranteed the ending. The viewing pleasure is not in the uncertainty but in the [Read More...]


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