Category: Reviews

Film: Boyhood

Boyhood | Director Richard Linklater | Score: 8.0 We first meet young Mason Jr. (Eller Coltrane) lying on the grass, staring up at the clouds shifting in the sky, a six-year-old, given to staring out the window in his classroom…

Film: Life Itself

Life Itself | Director Steve James | Score: 7.4 Over the last few years of his life, his body ravaged by cancer to the point where he couldn’t eat, drink or speak, Roger Ebert went from porcine, preening TV icon…

Film: Ida

Ida | Director Pawel Pawlikowski | Score: 6.6 Director Pawel Pawlikowski has a way of constructing his frame so that his characters appear at the bottom edge, with the widest expanse of screen over their heads, as if to suggest…

Film: Palo Alto

Palo Alto | Director Gia Coppola | Score: 6.3 Let me tell you something: James Franco simply does not care. He doesn’t care that you’re tired of seeing his leering visage on books, magazines and movie screens. He doesn’t care…

Film: Under the Skin

Under the Skin | Director Jonathan Glazer | Score: 8.0 Atmospheric darkness is a character unto itself Jonathan Glazer’s nervy, sci-fi thriller. Figures emerge from and spill into pitch blackness as a matter of course, and the film even opens…

Film: Oculus

Oculus | Director Mike Flanagan | Score: 5.9 All film genres have their tropes; it’s just that horror has them posted like large, bobbing buoys in a restless sea. From watching countless such flicks, we can extrapolate the following to…

Film: Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose | Director Calin Peter Netzer | Score: 6.8 In a well-to-do Bucharest apartment, an older mother is complaining to her sister about her grown son. “If it was up to him, he wouldn’t call for ages,” she laments,…

Film: The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known  |  Director Errol Morris  |  Score: 6.7 To get a quick insight into the mind of Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defense in the G.W. Bush administration, in documentary auteur Errol Morris’ latest ‘hang-by-their-own-rope’ opus, consider the…

Film: Enemy

Enemy | Director Denis Villenueve | Score: 6.1 French-Canadian Director Denis Villenueve has adapted his curious oddity of a film from the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1846 novel “The Double,” via celebrated Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago, who wrote an…