The Reality of Virtual

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" chronicles an epic battle for control of a fully immersive, massively multiplayer online virtual reality space known as the OASIS where users escape the depressing dystopic reality of the story's 2045 setting. Based  ...

SXSW 2018: THE REST OF THE FEST

I recently shared my Top Five favorite films of the 2018 South-by-Southwest festival, but what about the other screenings I attended? What didn't quite make the list (and why)? Well, let's start with the...  ...

The Top Five Films I Saw at SXSW

The 2018 South-by-Southwest Film Festival featured 130+ movies over the course of nine days, making it literally impossible for anyone to see more than a fraction of the premieres and festival favorites available for review. For strategic reasons,  ...

Back to Burgundy (2017)

For those more accustomed to the light touch and whimsical ways of director Cédric Kaplisch (“L’auberge Espagnole” and “Russian Dolls”), which is attributed to a big portion of his body of work, his  ...

Ismael’s Ghosts (2018)

"Ismael's Ghosts" is director Arnaud Desplechin's sixth outing with actor Mathieu Amalric. With such fantastic works as "My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument," "Kings & Queen," and "A Christmas Tale" between them, it's a collaboration as  ...

Loveless (2017)

As the title would suggest, this is a cold, somewhat hard-to-watch film in which the two main characters are bitter and selfish people. Zhenya and Boris are at the tail end of a vicious divorce, with both determined to  ...

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  ...