Despite its Title, Stephen Hawking’s Biopic Earns an “Incomplete”

“The Theory of Everything” features a remarkable lead performance by Eddie Redmayne, but falls short stylistically and biographically. [Read more…]

“Whiplash”: A Pulse-Quickening Musical Battle of Wills

An almost unbearably intense drama about a music teacher and his drumming student? Yes, such a thing exists. [Read more…]

“Princess Kaguya”: A Treasure for its Visual Beauty, Despite its Flawed Story

The latest film from Ghibli, Japan’s masterful animation studio, astounds with its visuals while suffering from second-half sluggishness. [Read more…]

“Rosewater”: the Horrible Buffoonery of Iranian Theocracy

Jon Stewart’s directorial debut tells the true-life story of an imprisoned, Iranian-born journalist, effectively showing a populace longing for freedom from theocracy. [Read more…]

“Ilo Ilo”: A Singaporean Slice of Home and Work Life

Now available for home viewing, this award winner adeptly shows us a family facing rough economic times, through the eyes of both parents, their son, and their maid. [Read more…]

“Birdman” Is One Strange Creature

Quite possibly the oddest movie I’ve seen this year, “Birdman” paints a kinetic, funny, yet too smug picture of a has-been actor losing his grip on reality. [Read more…]

An Alternate View: “Interstellar” Flies High, Even If It Doesn’t Quite Reach the Stars

While full of the grand special effects we now expect from Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar” is also a pleasing if overlong reflection upon the enduring bond between parent and child. [Read more…]

“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…]

A Brief Digression: “God’s Not Dead” and the Teflon Psyche of its Creators

An interview with the writers behind “God’s Not Dead” and the upcoming “Do You Believe?” gives a troubling glimpse into their self-serving mindset. [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…]