Mark Pellington’s “Nostalgia” is an extremely personal exploration of death, loss and memory. It features a strong cast giving their all, including Jon Hamm, Ellyn Burstyn, Bruce Dern and Catherine Keener. But it is just relentlessly somber. My review, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here
Narrowing down the best films of the year to just 10 is always a daunting process. There have been so many great movies this year, and I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot more of them than usual as a member of a couple different award committees and, of course, the Los Angeles Film […]
Catherine Keener stars as a photographer shattered by her experience in Libya in “War Story.” Director and co-writer Mark Jackson’s drama is minimalist to the point of being stultifying, and it squanders Keener’s considerable earthy appeal in a dour role. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
The Weinstein Co. Rated R for language. Running time: 101 minutes. Three stars out of four. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now, but I didn’t want to let too much more time pass before I wrote a little something about “Begin Again.” This movie charmed me so much that I had to […]
Writer-director John Carney’s follow-up to the miraculous “Once” may not have quite the same innovative power, but it’s still a completely charming musical in a scruffily romantic version of New York City. Alonso and I kinda loved it; Amy, not so much.
Sony Pictures Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance abuse. Running time: 134 minutes. Three stars out of four. There’s a scene at the end of “Captain Phillips” in which Richard Phillips, the all-business captain of an American cargo ship that’s been invaded by Somali pirates, […]
Tom Hanks gives a powerful performance in the tense and bloody “Captain Phillips,” based on the true story of Somali pirates who invaded an American cargo ship in 2009. Ben and Alonso liked this movie better than I did on What the Flick?!
We’re going to dig deep into the archives — all the way back to March — for this review of “The Croods,” which is out on DVD today. This is one of the first films that I clearly recall Nicolas recognizing from the posters and billboards long before we actually saw it. And then after […]
We all loved “Enough Said,” which features a poignant performance from the late, great James Gandolfini.