Film Review: “The Founder”

4 Stars. The Founder zips along on the boundless energy that Keaton infuses into Ray Kroc.

Film Review: “Split”

“Split” isn’t quite a return to form for Shyamalan, but more of an evolutionary step in his directing and writing

Film Review: “20th Century Women”

The film does have some problems with its pacing, but the energy jumps up when any of the three female leads are on screen.

Film Review: “Elle”

“Elle” is an unpredictable journey that explores the psyche of a woman; Not a victim.

Film Review: “Silence”

“Silence” is not just an intense examination of religion, but it’s a study of societal ethics and personal morality as it relates to history, culture and your community.

Film Review: “Live By Night”

Directed with an obvious love for the genre, “Live By Night” is a stylish – man did they know how to dress back then – film that overcomes some obvious errors with a first rate cast.

Film Review: “A Monster Calls”

Outside of its wonderfully distinct style, it’s a deep observation about the power of loss and the capacity of absolute truth. “A Monster Calls” is a soulful metaphor for anyone who’s mature enough and open enough to feel, think and grow

Film Review: “Hidden Figures”

Uplifting, if not a little heavy handed, “Hidden Figures” is based on the true story of three very remarkable women and all three stars make the wise choice of not being stereotypical in their performances

Film Review: “Lion”

Powerful. That is how I’d best describe “Lion.”

Film Review: “Fences”

Working with a screenplay by playwright August Wilson, Denzel Washington crafts a fine film as a director, opening up the once stage set drama and giving each actor a place to share their story

Film Review: “Jackie”

Natalie Portman captures every facet of Jacqueline Kennedy. The smiling, laughing young woman and the embittered widow, refusing to change out of her clothes, stained with her husband’s blood

Film Review: “Passengers”

“Passengers” is a movie about a relationship built on selfish lies, stalking and entitlement. It’s attempt at romance and a cutesy happy ending are stomach-turning

Film Review: “Sing”

Despite its lack of storytelling imagination and original songs, “Sing” is still an adorable movie with an IPod stuck on shuffle soundtrack

Film Review: “La La Land”

“La La Land” is a love letter to a bygone era of cinema and antiquated model of love

Film Review: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a fine stand-alone film and one that will have you anticipating “Episode VIII,” which is just a short 367 days away!

Film Review: “Manchester by the Sea”

Featuring award-worthy performances from its three leads, “Manchester by the Sea,” is the perfect drama to off-set a multiplex full of Bad Santas and Dwayne Johnson.

Film Review: “Office Christmas Party”

“Office Christmas Party” isn’t going to become a holiday staple like “Christmas Vacation” or “Bad Santa.” It’s a handful of laughs and short escapism for those who don’t want to watch one of the Oscar hopefuls.

Film Review: “Nocturnal Animals”

“Nocturnal Animals” delivers a slow reveal that will surely dissatisfy many, while simply turning off others in the first few minutes, but please those who hang with it and scratch beneath the surface.

Film Review: “Moana”

Both brilliant and breathtaking, “Moana” is sure to be the next Disney classic. The characters are beautifully established and the actors behind them are pitch perfect.

Film Review: “Bad Santa 2”

“Bad Santa 2” isn’t a genuine sequel. It’s a greedy studio cash grab in the season of giving.

Film Review: “Loving”

While “Loving” strikes many emotional chords, I was left with more questions than answers.

Film Review “Bleed for This”

This is another in a list of fine performances by Miles Teller, who was so good in last year’s “Whiplash.” Here he captures the ego of Pazienza perfectly, making a man whose boasting should make him unlikable actually become someone to care about.

Film Review: “Arrival”

“Arrival” is a profoundly tragic and beautiful sci-fi movie that transcends its interstellar subject material with an introspective look at what it means to be human

Film Review: “Christine”

“Christine” is the story of television personality Christine Chubbuck and is an in-depth look into a problem that was either misdiagnosed or just ignored: depression.

Film Review: “Doctor Strange”

Outside of being the most mentally and spiritually stimulating entry into the Marvel movie catalog, “Doctor Strange” features a superhero that prefers brains over brawn.

Film Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hacksaw Ridge” relies on strong performances and brilliant storytelling to tell the story without being heavy-handed.

Film Review: “Inferno”

I found “Inferno” quite boring at times, wishing I had paid my money to have someone read the book to me, which would have been more exciting than what was happening on screen.

Film Review “Oasis: Supersonic”

Running over two hours, I felt like it could have been summed up in a one hour MTV special

Film Review: “American Honey”

“American Honey” grew on me, much like a melancholy memory from my youth. I may not have enjoyed the experience at the time, but looking back on it I slowly begin to understand its importance and significance.

Film Review: “The Accountant”

Smartly directed, with a nice twist in the story, “The Accountant” rests squarely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.

Film Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Haunting. When people have asked me my opinion of “The Birth of a Nation,” that is the word I’ve used most. The story, the images, the history…

Film Review: “The Girl on the Train”

“The Girl on the Train” will most likely be compared to 2014’s “Gone Girl” which is really unfair. “The Girl on the Train” isn’t as smart, witty, or amusingly dark as “Gone Girl”.

Film Review: “Masterminds”

The script has fun with the film’s premise and setting, which is the late 90’s where everyone in the South hangs out, robs banks and hire hitmen. With every instance you can’t help but be amazed how such a stupid group of people could pull off the biggest cash robbery in United States history.

Film Review: “Deepwater Horizon”

The absolute panic and mayhem that takes over when the rig finally explodes into a massive fireball is intense to watch. This isn’t like most disaster movies where people complete inhuman feats of heroism to escape, this is blue collar men and women finding a way to survive in a scenario none of them were trained or prepared for.

Film Review: “The Magnificent Seven”

“Magnificent Seven” is a stick of dynamite blast half the time, but the other half of the time it’s like watching a tumbleweed blow unenthusiastically in the wind.

Film Review: “Blair Witch”

The Blair Witch has entered the digital age. It’s no longer trapped in the Circuit City video camera age with a $22,000 budget. It now has drones, Bluetooth headset cameras, and $5 million to play with. And maybe that’s why it has inherently lost a lot of its horror charm and bite.

Film Review: “Sully”

Centuries from now, should movies still be being made, film historians will still be talking about Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood…if you want to introduce your little one to a true hero, introduce them to “Sully.”

Film Review: “The Light Between Oceans”

Full of inconsistent time jumps and heavy handed foreshadowing, “The Light Between Oceans” starts off strong but peters out by the time the film ends…about 40 minutes too late.

Film Review: “Morgan”

Whenever the movie gets close to developing a theme or message, it reverts back to finding meaning behind violence like a Kindergartener throwing a temper tantrum, frustrated that it couldn’t find a way to expel upon its interesting premise. If this is the final movie of the summer, the summer certainly went out on an uncreative whimper.

Film Review: “War Dogs”

Based on a true story, the action keeps the film flowing smoothly without becoming preachy. As one of the last films of the summer season, “War Dogs” is definitely one to watch before you end your summer vacation.

Film Review: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Kubo” will surely be keeping Disney and Pixar on the edge of their seat come award season. Laika Studios is proving to be a worthy adversary and showing that stop-motion can be just as colorfully lively, emotionally heartbreaking and creatively inspiring, than a lost fish in the sea or what your pets do while you’re at work.

Film Review: “Hell or High Water”

“Hell or High Water” captures the rustic West, the deep-seeded “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude of its characters and the unflinching misery of living in impoverished small town America. It flips between jovial Western and teeth gritting thriller flawlessly.

Film Review: “Sausage Party”

The first half-hour of “Sausage Party” is a comedy masterpiece. With great jokes and an amazing musical number, the film delivers on all cylinders. However, when the “chosen” ones realize what the outside world has in store for them, it becomes a hit or miss comedy. And a filthy one.

Film Review: “Pete’s Dragon”

“Pete’s Dragon” is a sure bet for families needing a Summer escape and a positive message, but just like the original, this remake may inevitably end up in the Disney discount bin.

Film Review: “Suicide Squad”

“Suicide Squad” is a wham-bam action punch with enough exuberant and unique performances to help overshadow the lacking plot structure. You’ll be talking about Robbie’s Harley Quinn more than you will about Leto’s Joker

Film Review: “Bad Moms”

It makes sense that the film is directed and written by the writers of “The Hangover” because it shares a lot of that film’s DNA. Three people, mismatched at times, decide to cut loose with alcohol and dirty talk.

Film Review: “Nerve”

“Nerve” is a sleek techno thriller utilizing America’s current craving for online infamy, naive adolescent sensibilities, and the mob mentality that the Internet has created.

Film Review: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”

Like the best laid plans of a “Saturday Night Live” inspired film, the bits only work in small doses. Exposing the girls to 90 minutes of screen time leads to a lot of hit-and-miss jokes and outrageous situations.

Film Review: “Ghostbusters”

The new installment is pretty damn funny and stands as tall as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Film Review: “The Infiltrator”

We’ve seen “The Infiltrator” before. There are plenty of movies about the lengthy history of the worldwide drug war. But Cranston’s multi-faceted acting abilities create tension and heart pounding action where there isn’t.

Film Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” has four actors that have no chemistry and are recycling vulgar jokes and punchlines from much better films. This movie should have been called “Zac, Aubrey, Adam and Anna Wanted to go to Hawaii”.

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets

“The Secret Life of Pets” is from the same studio that brought you the adorable Minions from the “Despicable Me” films, and the animation is amazing. One scene finds our two pups in water that looks so realistic you can feel the wetness.

Film Review: “The Legend of Tarzan”

“The Legend of Tarzan” is a contrived, silly blockbuster. But on that same note, it’s an entertaining, and funny, summer escape.

Film Review: “RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”

Told with the same exuberance as the filmmakers being profiled, “RAIDERS!” shares the backstory of the production, including footage both from the film and behind the scenes.

Film Review: “The BFG”

Based on Roald Dahl’s book, in the hands of director Spielberg, “The BFG” becomes a new masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy.

Film Review: “The Purge: Election Year”

“The Purge: Election Year” is the best of three, but still more of the same. It’s not a smart, tongue-in-cheek look at our inherently violent culture, race relations, or the current American class struggle. But it’s a chance to watch and cheer on our most animalistic tendencies, killing people who are holding us down.

Film Review: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Five stars. An unconventional spin on the tried-and-true old mentor meeting his younger match that manages to be action packed, unpredictable and heartfelt without veering into the saccharine territory oft trod by coming of age stories…Julian Dennison delivers a star-making performance.

Film Review: Free State of Jones

“Free State of Jones” is another; white man comes to save the day for minorities, history lesson from Hollywood.

Film Review: “A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary”

“A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary” is half inspirational story of chosen family and community and half debauchery as it tells the story of Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike (bassist for the band NOFX) and his ex-wife Erin-Kelly Burkett.

Film Review: “Central Intelligence”

Funny as hell, with a sweet message built in, “Central Intelligence” is successful in part thanks to its genius casting, which makes Hart the Bud Abbott-like straight man while Johnson grabs the majority of the laughs.

Film Review: “Finding Dory”

It’s known that Pixar is willing to do sequel, just as long as it’s as emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating as the original. “Finding Dory” does both, even while treading familiar waters.

Film Review: Warcraft

“Warcraft” is a bore in desperate need of a skip button. It’s another lazy attempt by the studios to cash on naïve videogamers.

Film Review: “Weiner”

A true “fly on the wall” documentary, “Weiner” gives the viewer almost unfettered access to the man and his campaign.

Film Review: “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

It does drag on some but Samberg’s performance is so infectious that you’re willing to let a couple slow parts go by.

Film Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”

The CGI spectacle steps in where the script is missing, providing mouth silencing eye candy for the kids. So if you’re in need of a two hour daycare, this might be your best bet.

Film Review: “It’s So Easy And Other Lies”

One half performance footage from Duff’s book reading at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA and one half documentary consisting of archival footage and new interviews with former/current band members and friends. “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” is a unique spin on your standard biographical documentary.

Film Review “The Nice Guys”

4 Stars. Outrageously funny from start to finish…The two leads play off each other perfectly.

Film Review: “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

It’s just unfortunate that such an enlightening movie has to hammer home its theme at nearly every chance it can get. It’s nice to see that the five male writers were willing to flip the script and poke fun at the overtly sexual nature of college men who see women as objects.

Film Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

X-Meh “With a cast that includes three Oscar-nominees, it seems like they may have gotten bored with their roles. All do good work here, but there almost seems to be a look of relief in their eyes that they’re done with the spandex for good. “

Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

5 Stars. Marvel has seriously outdone themselves once again. Civil War is a near-flawless cinematic experience that neatly packages one of the most pivotal story lines in comic book history.

Film Review “Keanu”

I urge you to head to the theatre. You won’t be disappointed.

TFF Film Review: “High-Rise”

From the brutalist production design to a stunning score by Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream), High-Rise is a darkly humorous, sexy, and oftentimes grotesque cinematic experience.

Film Review “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba”

“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” feels like a TV movie with a few ‘F’ bombs to spice it up

Film Review “Mother’s Day”

As for all you hard working moms in the world out there, you do deserve a movie that loves and supports you, but “Mother’s Day” is not that movie

Film Review “Green Room”

Once we get our fill of Nazi symbolism, hidden drug rooms, and knives to the stomach and throat, the “Green Room” is forgettable

Tribeca Film Fest Review: “Holidays”

Horror anthologies thrive on bringing a lot of different things to the table…but if there’s one thing they shouldn’t be, it’s boring. And for seven out of eight of these, I was just plain bored.

Film Review “Elvis & Nixon”

The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.

Film Review “The Invitation”

Fans of the horror movie genre might be able to pick up on what’s going on, but not without a lot of fight and sway by “The Invitation”.

Film Review “Criminal”

“Criminal” takes itself too seriously to be enjoyably farcical and its characters are too inherently silly to be earnest.

Film Review “The Jungle Book”

Told through the amazing use of computer generation, “The Jungle Book” is very faithful to the animated film that proceeds

Film Review “Born to Be Blue”

A bio-pic that flits around, “Born to Be Blue” takes its name from one of Baker’s best known songs.

Film Review “Demolition”

Demolition is poignant, yet emotionally rejuvenating. It’s a visually entertaining story, with an at-times confusing narrative.

Film Review “The Boss”

A film that is both funny and works to McCarthy’s strengths. It is a little over the top at times (and a little more “adult” than you might expect) but it’s definitely a film that will make you laugh out loud.

Film Review “I Saw the Light”

“The onslaught of darkness in I Saw the Light is it makes Williams’s untimely passing at age 29 feel like a foregone conclusion. Still, as a showcase for the versatile Hiddleston and fiery Olsen, I Saw the Light impresses.” This film is playing in NY, LA & Nashville, nationwide on Friday.

Film Review “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

As a big fan of both Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, I enjoyed most of the film.

DVD Review: Judas Priest “Battle Cry”

Though not the first live concert performance release from metal gods Judas Priest it is however the first live release from the band to cover material from practically every album including “Redeemer of Souls”.

Film Review “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

It’s hard to predict where “Batman V. Superman” will fall in the inevitable grand scheme of things

Film Review “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Let me talk to the few of you who have never seen these movies and may be interested in possibly starting this series. Don’t. Just don’t.

Film Review “10 Cloverfield Lane”

A word to the wise; if you go into this film looking for the monsters from J.J. Abrams film “Cloverfield” you may be disappointed. However, if you are in the mood for a small and satisfying thriller, then brave the bunker at “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

Film Review “American Bred”

A smartly made film that compares in style with “The Departed,” “American Bred” is a classic mob movie with a modern twist

Film Review “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Well-made and much more serious than it’s being marketed, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” gives Tina Fey to flex some acting chops you may not know she possessed

Film Review “Zootopia”

A week after the 88th Academy Awards, we’re already looking at next year’s contender for Best Animated Feature

Film Review “Gods of Egypt”

“Gods of Egypt” is that it’s a decent waste of two hours, but I wouldn’t recommend you drop a single buck on this one.

Film Review “Triple 9”

The action set-pieces are well performed and director Hillcoat keeps the film moving from the first frame to the last.

Film Review “Eddie The Eagle”

“Eddie the Eagle” doesn’t soar as high as it could have, but at least it doesn’t crash.

Film Review “Forsaken”

If you’re a fan of the genre’ you won’t be disappointed by FORSAKEN.

Film Review “Risen”

Most religious movies feel phony and cheesy when preaching the Gospel, but “Risen” presents it for what it is, what it means, and the good natured spirit of it all.

Film Review “The Witch”

Watching The Witch is a study in psychological stress. It’s slow-paced and deliberate, and it leaves you with the feeling that you’ve seen something that you weren’t supposed to.

Film Review: “Where to Invade Next”

Fans of Moore will appreciate his ideas behind the film. Those who aren’t probably won’t. To them I suggest moving to Germany, where your local doctor can write you a prescription for a three-week stay at a posh spa to relieve the tension.

Film Review “Zoolander 2”

Stiller and Wilson give their all (it’s obvious that they enjoy working together), but it’s not enough to save this film.