Film Reviews

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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Film Review: Great Acting Almost Saves “The Wife”

The Wife (Björn Runge, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. Half of The Wife is very good; the other, less so. The part that works is all about performance, in particular that of Annie Starke (We Don’t Belong Here), though most of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Searching” Finds Profundity in Its Own Chaos

Searching (Aneesh Chaganty, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars.  A muddle in many ways, director Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching nevertheless rises enough above its own frequent missteps to be quite profound in parts, especially in its examination of the role of social media, … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Operation Finale” Boasts Strong Leads but Deserves Stronger Direction

Operation Finale (Chris Weitz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Set 15 years after the devastating events of World War Two, Operation Finale tells the story of Israeli secret agent Peter Malkin, played by Oscar Isaac, and his team, tasked with capturing … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander Reviews THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Brilliant and creative, McCarthy has her franchise as long as she can get along with newly minted star, Phil Phillips. I know Melissa McCarthy has a very close working relationship with her husband, Ben Falcone, who has written, directed and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Happytime Murders” Overdoes Its Initially Clever Muppet Spoof

The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson, 2018) 2 out of 4 stars. If you like your Muppets mean, raunchy and drugged out, have I got a film for you! Like a cross between Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit and David Ayers’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Madeline’s Madeline” Struggles with Story, but Impresses As Art

Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Josephine Decker’s third fiction feature, Madeline’s Madeline, combines visually evocative cinematography, aurally stimulating music and intellectually exhilarating editing in a cinematic mix that somehow doesn’t quite add up to what should be … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Juliet, Naked” Delivers Rom-Com for Grown-Ups

Juliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. An appealing – if sometimes unfocused – twist on the romantic-comedy genre, Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked offers both Rose Byrne (The Meddler) and Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) a chance to be extraordinarily charming … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Captain” Offers Sharp Satire of Human Depravity

The Captain (“Der Hauptmann”) (Robert Schwentke, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. A tale so mad it can only be true, Robert Schwentke’s The Captain (“Der Hauptmann” in its original German) veers from one improbable situation to another, upping the ante … Continue reading

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