Possibly Louis Malle’s best film, the Oscar-nominated semi-autobiographical drama Au Revoir les Enfants focuses on the tragic friendship between two boys.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is kneecapped by The Force of Corporate Pressure.
Starring Chadwick Boseman and standout Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler’s movie history-making Black Panther gives new life to the superhero genre.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a mostly enjoyable romp, but despite the presence of Chris Pratt the franchise is starting to feel a bit stale.
Right-wing filmmaker Clint Eastwood’s Sully movie is a tribute to ‘old-fashioned all-American heroism.’ Tom Hanks plays US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger.
Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond is the new series’ mostly satisfying movie to date, but a gay Sulu and an incoherent action climax are two major problems.
Edward G. Robinson is an iconic all-American gangster in Mervyn LeRoy’s landmark but creaky 1931 crime movie Little Caesar.
Monster’s Ball 2001 with Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton. This brief piece is an amalgam of two comments posted in response to Alt Film Guide’s Monster’s Ball review written by…
127 Hours movie review: James Franco Great as Aron Ralston in Harrowing survival Story marred by Danny Boyle hyperkinetic direction.
The Fighter movie (2010): ‘Smart’ (as in Marketable) Hollywood product with impressive Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Christian Bale.
Alice in Wonderland 2010: Johnny Depp Mad Hatter no help to Tim Burton movie that is a travesty of Lewis Carroll tale. All visuals and no substance.
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? review: Oscar nominee Barbara Harris steals Dustin Hoffman film.
True Grit 2010 movie review: Far superior to the 1969 John Wayne version, as Joel and Ethan Coen Western is much more than the sum of its parts.
Is Michael Curtiz’s 1942 Oscar-winning romantic drama Casablanca truly great cinema? Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid star.
Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous big-screen swan song, the 1982 period family drama Fanny and Alexander is even more engrossing in its longer form.
The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio. Best Picture Academy Award winner The Departed boasts a respectable pedigree: the cop thriller was directed by Martin Scorsese; edited by Thelma Schoonmaker; shot by…
In his 1966 ‘Swinging London’ masterwork Blow-Up, Michelangelo Antonioni questions the perception of reality. David Hemmings + Vanessa Redgrave star.
Brian De Palma’s neo-noir The Black Dahlia is a poor imitation of 1940s films noirs. Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank are the badly miscast stars.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 action classic Seven Samurai is one of those rare films that get better and better with each new viewing. Toshiro Mifune stars.
Crash movie (2005): Mostly well cast, Paul Haggis’ ethnically obsessed drama teaches audiences that There’s Good and Bad in Everyone.
Munich movie (2005): Steven Spielberg’s uneven but complex political thriller is his most satisfying in decades. Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush + Daniel Craig star.
Sorrell and Son movie: Adult themes aplenty in father-son drama starring a superlative H.B. Warner. Anna Q. Nilsson, Alice Joyce + Nils Asther costar.
The Little Foxes (1941) movie review: Bette Davis heads a flawless cast in William Wyler’s masterful adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s stage classic. The Hands That Bilked America: To not choose…
The Letter 1940 movie: Bette Davis’ outstanding femme fatale in this classic remains one of the most memorable film performances in history.
Bruno Ganz Is an out-of-control Adolf Hitler and Corinna Harfouch is a coolly deranged Magda Goebbels in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s convoluted drama Downfall.
The Wolverine Hugh Jackman is at the embittered heart of James Mangold’s surprisingly violent Logan, one of the best superhero movies out there.
Best Actress Oscar winner Joan Crawford is terrific as the devoted mother of psycho daughter Ann Blyth in Michael Curtiz’s 1945 melo noir Mildred Pierce.
Black Swan Movie Review: Natalie Portman falls to pieces in Darren Aronofsky complex thriller that must be seen to be truly understood. Cast: Mila Kunis + Barbara Hershey.
Starring Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian thriller Blade Runner is a modern classic. But does it merit that label? Sean Young and Rutger Hauer costar.
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s brilliant Three Colors: Red features Jean-Louis Trintignant in a career-capping star turn and Irène Jacob in a career-making one.
As an imperial fashion-world ogress, Meryl Streep is the best thing about David Frankel’s The Devil Wears Prada movie version. Anne Hathaway costars.
The Letter movie with Jeanne Eagels and Herbert Marshall. The Letter movie (1929) review: Creaky yet a must-see as murderess + adulteress Jeanne Eagels’ sole extant talkie Having watched William…