The Bronze (2015)

It’s easier to write a review of a bad movie than a good movie … or even a mediocre one. That’s because there’s little nuance in a bad film to explore and explain. So reviewing “The Bronze” should  ...

BEST OF 2015: MOVIES

Top Ten lists are obviously subjective...so what makes a movie Best of 2015 material? For me, it's usually about some combination of the following: originality, degree of difficulty, consistency of execution, and indelibility. Is it a film I keep thinking  ...

Son of Saul (2015)

It turns out that murdering six million Jews takes a lot of work. Herding them off the trains; persuading them that the gas chambers are really shower rooms; removing the bodies after the killing; burning them; getting rid of the  ...

Where to Invade Next (2015)

    Michael Moore makes me embarrassed to recommend his new movie “Where to Invade Next.” By now, Moore’s snarky ragamuffin caricature is every bit his trademark as Charles Chaplin’s Little Tramp was his, but the former is  ...

The Wonders (2014)

  I’ve never described a film as rustic, but for the film, it’s appropriate. “The Wonders” is also simple, unflattering and straightforward, yet interesting and compelling. It is a story about a family of beekeepers who live in the  ...

Insignificance (1985)

    Sometimes it is a tough thing to decide, how to lead off a review of a work of art that simply is not good. In the case of the latest Blu-Ray release from The Criterion Collection,  ...

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

Writer and Director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “West of Memphis”) has presented us with a wonderful holiday gift — an intimate documentary that chronicles of the life of one of rock’s most celebrated and talented stars of the  ...