Black Sea - Movie ReviewWith his slow-burn underwater thriller Black Sea, director Kevin Macdonald continues to explore his fascination with the human psyche under duress. Only this time, rather than the vast expanses of the Peruvian Andes in Touching the Void, or the African nation of   ...

Whiplash - Movie ReviewChasing perfection is a lengthy process, one of trial and tribulation, and for freshman jazz band drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), this is a fact that could be none too clear. Studying at Shaffer Conservatory of Music, in what is assumed to be New York City, Teller discovers the rigors,   ...

Still Alice - Movie ReviewIn Still Alice, a below average film elevated by an Oscar-worthy performance from an above average A-lister, Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin are fifty-something Columbia University professors living out the American Dream with three grown children, a spacious New  ...

Blackhat - Movie ReviewMichael Mann’s stylistic exercise continues with yet another bloodless affair. Blackhat, following the disappointment of Public Enemies and Miami Vice, continues the downward trajectory of an above-average director - responsible for The Insider and Heat - who  ...

Selma - Movie ReviewForget the recent misguided controversy surrounding President Lyndon B. Johnson’s not-so-flattering, fact-blurred portrayal in Selma, and instead, enjoy the film for its powerfully poignant story. Then again, expecting to “enjoy” a film like Selma is a bit of a misguided ...

The Interview - Movie Review ReviewCall me a fascist. Call me un-American. Call me what you will but The Interview is not a good comedy. I’m all for free speech but there are much better films to spend your money and your time on involving political assassination attempts. Try Woody Allen’s Bananas or  ...

A Most Violent Year - Movie ReviewFilmmaker J. C. Chandor has a tremendous talent for turning the most mundane topics into entertaining dramas. He brought the obscure complexities behind the 2008 stock market crash to captivating light in 2011’s Margin Call and turned the one-man, no-dialogue sailing disaster All is Lost, into one of  ...

Foxcatcher - Movie ReviewI must say, director Bennett Miller, for the few films he has directed (three feature length, one short, one documentary), is on a quite a roll, considering that his other two full length films, (Capote and Moneyball) have received Oscar nods. Such is the same with his newest  ...

Unbroken - Movie ReviewThings go from bad to worse for World War II airman Louis Zamperini in this reverential war drama from Angelina Jolie. It is her second feature as director and adventure-seeking audiences – if they can survive the 47 days lost at sea and the cruelty inflicted during his two  ...

Into the Woods - Movie ReviewThat deafening rumble? It’s the collective groan of dismay coming from the legion of passionate Stephen Sondheim fans ill at ease with Hollywood getting its grubby hands on yet another of the beloved writer and composer’s most revered pieces. The playwright’s unique imagination  ...

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