Revisiting Frost/Nixon

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 […] — Afternoon Delight

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 […]

What the Flick?! — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

I loved the lyrical indie drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Alonso did not. So we had a minor squabble. — Short Term 12

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 Read the review here — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

“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 Read the review here

What the Flick?! — Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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.

What the Flick?! — The Spectacular Now

A coming-af-age charmer that’s very much worth seeking out.

What the Flick?! — Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling broods in artfully lighted hallways in “Only God Forgives.”

What the Flick?! — Fruitvale Station

We were all moved by the powerful — and all-too relevant — “Fruitvale Station.”