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Two End-of-Year Oscar Contenders

Empire of Light Writer-director Sam Mendes’s latest offering is a period drama about the staff of a English resort town’s movie house with themes including...

Two Real-Life Dramas from New York City and Colombia

She Said “She Said” is a drama based on the 2017 New York Times investigation that exposed film producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse...

The Movies That Got Away

With this column, I again highlight several “Movies That Got Away,” feature films (from 2021) less noticed or hyped upon release. This selection avoids...

A Rundown on Some Notable Films for the Holidays

This month’s column offers filmgoers a preview of upcoming major films—mainstream and indie—coming out during the holiday season, films that may likely contend for...

The Good Boss

As a genre, workplace movies have made only a marginal impression over decades of cinema. (by “workplace” I mean factory or manufacturing settings, not...

Two New Comedies: One Touching the Absurd and a Second Just...

Official Competition An aged pharma multimillionaire Humberto Suárez (José Luis Gomez), celebrating his 80th birthday, is musing on his legacy and rejects the idea of...

At The Movies

Downton Abbey: A New Era They’re back!  No, no, I do not mean another “Chucky” horror flick but rather another chapter of the “Downton Abbey”...

Two New Pictures: A French Bagatelle and an Old School Western

“The Rose Maker” Arriving just in time for spring comes a new French crowd-pleaser, all about roses ‒ and the people who love and grow...

Two Dramas: One Utterly Restrained, One Relentlessly Gripping

Mothering Sunday Many English novels of the 20th C. had a restrained, guarded tone, where disclosures and motives were quietly or elliptically revealed: dramas of...

Movies: A Look at an American Prison Tragedy

Every year during Oscar season, Academy voters come up with a winning list of five films for the Best Feature Documentary category. Here are...