Film Reviews

Film Review: In “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Michael Moore Trumpets a Powerful Clarion Call to Action

Fahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A frequently effective, but often equally undisciplined filmmaker, Michael Moore has made his share of powerful indictments of the deep inequalities at the root of these United States, among them Roger … Continue reading

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Film Review: A SIMPLE FAVOR

A Simple Favor – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Paul Feig is a wonderful commercial director whose last 4 films have made over 100 million dollars each( including “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”; “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” )and all have starred women and been … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s Top Five Narrative Fiction Films from TIFF 2018

Following my piece on my favorite documentaries at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), here are my Top 5 favorite fiction features, in alphabetical order, again with brief capsule reviews of each, most of which are adaptations of longer … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander Reviews A Simple Favor

Determined to be a movie star, Blake Lively has a starring role in a clever movie and she is perfect. When Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) watches Emily (Blake Lively) exit a car to pick up her young son at his grade … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s Top Five Documentaries from TIFF 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was founded in 1976, as the Festival of Festivals, and adopted its current name in 1995. It is held annually in September and is often a venue (along with Telluride) for the films that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blood, the Snark and the Charm Is Cranked up in Shane Black’s Uneven “The Predator”

The Predator (Shane Black, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McTiernan, two Hollywood legends at the height of their power, came together and made Predator, an action film that successfully crossed multiple genres and remains … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Pick of the Litter,” 5 Puppies Play on Our Heartstrings

Pick of the Litter (Don Hardy Jr./Dana Nachman, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Puppies! What’s not to like about a litter of adorable puppies? Indeed, for a dog lover, a film like Pick of the Litter seems like a cinematic … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bel Canto” Sings Well Enough, If a Little Flat

Bel Canto (Paul Weitz, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Bel Canto is adapted from Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel of the same name, which itself was based on a real-life hostage crisis that occurred in Peru in 1996. Starring Julianne Moore (Wonderstruck), … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews OPERATION FINALE and THE ICONOCLAST

Not how Eichmann was captured but how did he stay free and living easy for 15 years on the worldwide lam? If only we were told how the principle architect of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution”, that savagely murdered millions of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Apparition” Examines Faith and Its Misuse

The Apparition (“L’apparition”) (Xavier Giannoli, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. A film sometimes too overwrought for its own good, French director Xavier Giannoli’s The Apparition nevertheless features enough engaging elements to make for solid drama, even if, at approximately 135 minutes … Continue reading

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