A Master Builder (2014)

  Sometimes it’s best to ignore the source of an adaptation and let the new work stand on its own. That works well with this excellent new adaptation of the 1893 Henrik Ibsen play “The Master Builder,” converted to film  ...

Midnight Express (1978)

   British director Alan Parker’s 1978 film, "Midnight Express," based upon a non-fiction book, by William Hayes and William Hoffer, was considered somewhat controversial upon its release, but looking back on it, over three decades later, one has to wonder  ...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Highlights of the Jewish Film Festival “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem” “The Green Prince” “Run Boy Run” “112 Weddings” “Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story” “Above and Beyond” “Havana Curveball” “The Sturgeon Queens” The 34th San  ...

Code Black

Who hasn't done time in the ER: with a sliced lip, chest pain, a child with a broken bone or a fever?         It's not an experience anybody is eager to relive. Yet for millions of Americans, the ER is the  ...

Invasion OF The Body Snatchers (1978)

In rewatching the 1978 version of "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers," after many years (I originally saw it in a double feature with "Coma"), I was presented with one of the best examples of why a critic needs to be  ...

Jersey Boys (2014)

As an old rock and roller who first listened to music on a small AM radio many years ago, it’s a pleasure for me to see rock and roll groups like the Four Seasons now in the Hollywood and Broadway  ...

Third Person (2013)

I kept watching “Third Person” with curiosity, despite the inner voice in my head chiding me. The plot is disjointed, the dialogue is clumsy, and some of the acting is sub-par, yet I found myself involved with some of the  ...

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Writer, Director, Actor, and Producer Seth MacFarlane’s latest flick "A Million Ways To Die In The West" is more of a vanity piece than an actual movie. If you don’t like MacFarlane’s brand of humor stop reading right now, this  ...

Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists:

Do you remember your first look at the so-called Chicago Imagists in Chicago galleries in the ‘60s and ‘70s? Whether you were on your own or in a stroller pushed by your parents, you surely found the art of the  ...