The backwoods neo-noir “A Single Shot” is an odd mix of beautifully bleak atmosphere and hammily mannered performances, which makes it simultaneously understated and overpowering. But it’s always good to see Sam Rockwell. My review for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here
A love of spoken-word poetry is pretty much essential for enjoying the indie drama “Things Never Said.” But co-stars Shanola Hampton and Omari Hardwick do have great chemistry with each other. My review for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here
We all went a little nuts for the great indie drama “Short Term 12,” featuring a long-overdue lead performance from the versatile Brie Larson.
David Frost’s death Saturday night at 74 inspired me to revisit my review of “Frost/Nixon,” Ron Howard’s riveting account of the British broadcaster’s interviews with Richard Nixon after the former president resigned in disgrace. The 2008 film was nominated for five Academy Awards including best picture and best actor for Frank Langella’s intense and disturbing […]
Juno Temple is a stripper with a heart of gold and Kathryn Hahn is the bored stay-at-home mom who tries to coax her down off the pole in “Afternoon Delight.” The film starts out as an honest exploration of a woman’s life and marriage in flux and turns into a judgy, preachy cautionary tale. My […]
I loved the lyrical indie drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Alonso did not. So we had a minor squabble.
Set in a foster-care center for troubled teens, the indie drama “Short Term 12” could have been painfully mawkish. Instead, it’s powerful in its understatement. I loved reviewing this small gem for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here
“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a devastatingly beautiful film with an absolutely terrible title. It borrows more than a tad from Terrence Malick but also heralds the emergence of a talented filmmaker in David Lowery. My review for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here
Lee Daniels’ trip through the second half of 20th century American history features plenty of powerful moments as well as some amusing stunt casting — and a great performance from Oprah, who gets to play it a little trashy.
A coming-af-age charmer that’s very much worth seeking out.