South by Southwest 2018 Preview

"Analysis paralysis" is slang for an inability to make a decision. When the condition becomes chronic, it's known as aboulomania. And when it involves 132 feature films screening for a week-plus in March (alongside shorts, TV  ...

The Insult

This stunning drama from the Middle East called "The Insult," could have been titled 'A Simple Apology,' with the conflict, the story's entire premise resolved quickly and easily with those two ever elusive words, "I'm sorry." Instead it proves  ...

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

It's not an unfamiliar story about 1950s film studio era diva Gloria Grahame that screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh offers, and it's a sympathetic rendering, but not so cloying as to go dime-store hagiographic. Tinsel town affords a wide girth to a  ...

Best of 2017: Movies

Honestly, nothing I saw at the movies this year came close to any two episodes of "Twin Peaks: The Return" (or even just Episode Eight all by itself) and I won’t have a chance to see "The Post" (which, unless  ...

The Post (2017)

It’s not just dispiriting to hear Donald Trump declare that the press is the enemy of the people: it’s downright scary. So in a year when the media has been mercilessly maligned, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” the story of The  ...

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Italian director Luca Guadagnino who has quickly and deservedly achieved much acclaim and auteur status after just a few films, is releasing his latest, with much anticipation. His second feature-length narrative that put him on the map, and may be  ...

The Shape of Water (2017)

Anyone whose pulse has ever quickened watching classic horror and fantasy films should be thrilled by Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” It’s a picture deeply rooted in the beloved post-war apocalyptic movies that del Toro devoured as  ...

Lady Bird (2017)

Writer/director (and sometimes actress) Greta Gerwig thanks Noah Baumbach (among others) in the credits of her new dramedy, "Lady Bird", which seems entirely fitting given the similarities in their cinematic sensibilities. Both artists work at least quasi-autobiographically  ...

Jane (2017)

Jane Goodall has long been admired for her tireless work on behalf of animal conservation in general, and specifically for chimpanzees. It is largely because of her that any of us know what we know about the primates, their  ...