Film Reviews

Review: “The Theory of Everything”

OUT OF 4 Director James Marsh (“Man on Wire”), with this film, has once again made the transition superbly from documentary to narrative filmmaking with this brilliant portrait of world famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking. The film, adapted by Anthony McCarten, … Continue reading

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Review: “The Imitation Game”

Hollywood biopics infantilizes its audiences. If someone’s true story ended badly, it’s the text epilogue that tells us what happened. When Hollywood does another biopic of Jesus’s life they will leave out the crucifixion. We can’t handle seeing the truth … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

There should be nominations and awards for all involved – Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay and Cinematography. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) was a mega-movie star twenty years ago playing a costumed superhero, similar to the early … Continue reading

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Film Review: “John Wick”

The brilliant frontrunner of the genre. Hail the return of Reeves back on top in this exciting “kill-them-all” aria. The soundtrack is fantastic. Keanu, stay with this franchise and away from romantic movies. I’ve seen this scenario in over a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Fury”

Director-writer David Ayer (“Training Day”,”End of Watch”) depicts the last days of World War II with precision and exacting skill. It is a good, solid film… Continue reading

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Film Review: “Dracula Untold”

Luke Evans puts sexual energy and masculinity into the legend. It’s dark, moody and I’m ready for the sequel. Finally, we have returned to the vampire as a man not some woozy man-child with a dream. Albeit, the first Dracula, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Kill The Messenger”

It’s his Watergate. He has a “Deep Throat”. Terrific thriller with a great performance by Renner but fails to bring the family’s lives to life. KILL THE MESSENGER is based on the life of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gone Girl”

I’m not a fiction reader – I’m “reading” Max Tegmark’s Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality (it’s not a beach read) – but the hosannas for Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl were hard to ignore. I … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Good Marriage”

This is the first feature film screenplay Stephen King has adapted from one of his works in 25 years. The last one was PET SEMATARY in 1989. King’s screenplay for A GOOD MARRIAGE is from his short story “A Good … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Love Is Strange”

In the 1980s I lived in the West Village in a duplex on Bank Street. I know New York City. Ira Sachs, the director and co-writer (with Mauricio Zacharias) of LOVE IS STRANGE couldn’t possibly live in New York. Ben … Continue reading

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