On Chesil Beach (2017)

Entering the Independent Film Festival Boston screening of "On Chesil Beach" with spotty recollections of the source material (a 2007 novella by Ian McEwan), it was easy to misremember the setting of the period drama -- not the physical location,  ...

The Seagull (2018)

It’s a dominoes game of unrequited love that begins with a deathbed alarm sounded by the household staff at the sumptuous manor in the Russian countryside belonging to sister and brother Irina (Annette Bening) and Sorin (Brian Dennehy). Though it’s  ...

1945 (2017)

When my son was six and a student at Mountaineer Montessori School, he learned the Shaker hymn, “’Simple Gifts.” “I hate that song,” he said to me one afternoon, as we drove away from his school. His vehemence took me  ...

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Aside from the time Warner Bros. poured a fortune into the first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies, superhero films languished for a generation. Comic book artists can draw on paper for comparatively nothing what no movie budget can match. It  ...

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  ...