The Cakemaker (2018)

In the novel, “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” we learn that Eskimos have more than one hundred words for what is wet, white, and falls from the sky in cold weather. The current-day Avant Garde  ...

Shoplifters (2018)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018, spends much of its screen time inside a cramped Tokyo hovel where three generations of castoffs and grifters--headed by a matriarch known only as Grandma (the great  ...

Best of 2018: Movies

I saw fewer films of higher quality in 2018, a pretty good year for diversity and imagination at the multiplex despite the repetitive CGI blur of far too many box office hits.  ...

Stan & Ollie (2018)

The first thing to note about this film is its PG rating. Don’t let it fool you. It’s more badge of distinction than Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It pays homage to a specie of  ...

Vice (2018)

With his new film, writer/director Adam Mckay has carved out a distinct and enviable style, and solidified A-list status for himself. Although “Vice,” starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Amy Adams as Lynn Cheney and Steve Carrel as Donald Rumsfeld,  ...

James Greenberg reviews “Roma”

I enjoy popcorn movies as much as the next person. They’re like a sugar high. But they also tend to lower expectations for what a truly great film can deliver. Really, when is the last time a film has stirred  ...

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

In the Bob Dylan song, “Hurricane,” about the trumped up charges and incarceration of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter, there is a line about Carter being pulled over by the police in Patterson, New Jersey on a steamy summer night  ...

Roma (2018)

There may be a temptation to hold off viewing “Roma” for when it becomes available for streaming on Netflix soon after its limited theatrical release, but this is one movie best seen on the BIG SCREEN. A similar statement  ...