Set at a Catholic boarding school for boys in Vichy France, Louis Malle’s Holocaust-themed coming-of-age drama Au Revoir les Enfants is possibly his best.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is kneecapped by The Force of Corporate Pressure.
Edward G. Robinson is an iconic all-American gangster in Mervyn LeRoy’s landmark but creaky 1931 crime drama Little Caesar.
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.
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.
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.
Does Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian thriller Blade Runner deserve its classic status? Harrison Ford, Sean Young, and Rutger Hauer star.
Is Michael Curtiz’s 1942 Oscar-winning romantic drama Casablanca truly great cinema? Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid star.
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…
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.
In his 1966 ‘Swinging London’ masterwork Blow-Up, Michelangelo Antonioni questions the perception of reality. David Hemmings 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.
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.
Crash movie (2005): Mostly well cast, Paul Haggis’ ethnically obsessed drama teaches audiences that There’s Good and Bad in Everyone.
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 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…
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…
Bruno Ganz Is an out-of-control Hitler and Corinna Harfouch is a steely Magda Goebbels in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s convoluted Downfall.
Featuring Jamie Foxx in a showy but skin-deep characterization,Ray, Taylor Hackford’s uninspired Ray Charles biopic, aims for the big bucks.
Javier Bardem is an inadequate lead in Alejandro Amenábar’s pro-euthanasia melodrama The Sea Inside. The supporting cast, however, is first-rate.
Johnny Depp delivers a lifeless performance as a Disneyfied J.M. Barrie in Marc Forster’s feel-good family tragedy Finding Neverland.
Brad Silberling’s handsomely mounted fantasy adventure Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is an all-out Jim Carrey mugfest.
As a London stage diva, Annette Bening has a fantastic time in István Szabó’s All About Eve-ish period comedy Being Julia.
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…
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? review: Oscar nominee Barbara Harris steals Dustin Hoffman film.
Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous big-screen swan song, the 1982 period family drama Fanny and Alexander, is even more engrossing in its longer form.
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 miscast stars.
Munich movie (2005): Steven Spielberg’s uneven but complex political thriller is his most satisfying in decades. Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush + Daniel Craig star.
The Letter 1940 movie: Bette Davis’ outstanding femme fatale in this classic remains one of the most memorable film performances in history.
Darrell Roodt’s Oscar-nominated Zululand-set AIDS drama Yesterday is a must-see largely thanks to a sensational central performance by Leleti Khumalo.