George Wu

Another decade coming to a close provides an opportunity to reflect on the peak achievements in film, and so without further ado, here are my superlatives in descending order. 10. The Ballad  ...

Little Women (2019)

By my count, there have been at least a dozen film and television productions of “Little Women,” including two silent pictures, a BBC miniseries and a musical. So what is it about Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical novel of the  ...

The Irishman (2019)

Amidst the prosperity of post-war America, two of the institutions that reaped great rewards were labor unions and organized crime. Jimmy Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters Union, needed the muscle of the mob, and the mob needed the  ...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

"When I grew up in Brooklyn no one committed suicide. Everyone was too unhappy" Woody Allen would famously joke. It's a joke that applies to the dreary "Motherless Brooklyn," though Woody forgot about one thing: murder. That's  ...

Parasite (2019)

For fans and followers of director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host,” “Mother,” “Snowpiercer”), you are truly in for a treat with his latest feature, and for those new to this creative genius, welcome to the wonderful creative world of this  ...

Lucy in the Sky (2019)

"Lucy in the Sky" is a manifestation of Newton's Law of Gravity. It starts with Natalie Portman's Lucy up in space. "Just a few more minutes" she says like a kid on the playground. She's floating through  ...

Pain and Glory (2019)

The maestro of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodóvar, known for quirky characters, bold themes and daring aesthetics, delivers a quieter more sublime story in his latest film of memory and loss. “Pain and Glory” focuses on his film alter ego,  ...

Pain and Glory (2019)

Salvador’s torso bears a vertical scar. We come upon him (Antonio Banderas) sequestering himself, holding his shallow breath while his body is entirely submerged in a swimming pool. Yet, an underwater camera finds him. It reveals the thoracic surgical  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

While on the surface the 42nd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival may seem like global cinematic showcasing, per usual, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a festival that is as committed to the community and highlighting social  ...

Ad Astra (2019)

Who could have guessed that the race for best actor at the Oscars would be between Brad Pitt and Brad Pitt? As unlikely as it might sound, it's true. The only thing this 55 year old performer can't seem  ...