Film Reviews

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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Film Review: “The Drop”

Belgian director Michael Roskam infuses his first English-language film with a sinister mood that draws you into this crime drama written by Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River”) It is a solid, slow-moving film which becomes a tour de force… Continue reading

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Film Review: “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”

This sequel has girth. The filmmakers got the magnificent unclothed Eva Green as cinema’s deadliest femme fatale but Jessica Alba gets star billing? The sequel to co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s 2005 SIN CITY does not pander to a … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Snowpiercer”

Director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host” and “Mother”) adapts a graphic French comic book titled LeTransperceneige into a visually brilliant sci-fi thriller that is Korean- made, but uses the English language. Continue reading

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