Last Days in the Desert

August 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★ 3/4 A much-needed sense of humility permeates Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert, a respite from the disingenuous self-importance found in most bombastic biblical epics and [...]


May 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 How does a filmmaker, pace Godard, go about making sense of an incomprehensible tragedy?  What should be his or her approach?  On the one extreme, we have countless examples of [...]

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

April 25, 2016 // 1 Comment

★★★½ 3.5/4 I’m wondering how many synonyms for the word “seedy” I’ll need to get through this review. Probably aren’t enough in the English language. If ever there’s been a film [...]


April 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 If Robert Bresson had ever made a film about drugs, it would likely have been as stark and austere as Christine, a 52-minute masterpiece created by Alan Clarke for BBC television.  [...]

Breaker Morant

March 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★ 3/4 Part staid courtroom procedural, part trenchant exploration into the justifications of wartime brutality, Bruce Beresford’s 1980 drama Breaker Morant forgoes the usual [...]

The Sealed Soil

February 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4 Although poet-filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad and her landmark documentary short from 1962, The House Is Black, which helped pave the way for the Iranian new wave of the sixties and [...]

Crimson Peak

February 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

★★ 2/4 Edith Cushing lays it bare early on in Crimson Peak: “It’s not a ghost story—it’s more a story with ghosts in it. The ghosts are a metaphor for the past.” Does that mean all [...]


February 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

★★★★ 4/4   At one point during the remarkable train sequence late in the film—this elliptically poetic episode runs approximately nine minutes, considerably longer than what I had [...]

The Big Short

January 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

★★★ 3/4 Perhaps the most outré of this year’s crop of outrage cinema, Adam McKay’s The Big Short turns economic catastrophe into bitter farce, at times hilarious in its excesses, at others [...]