Category Archives: New Movie Reviews

The Merchant of Four Seasons

After serving in the French Foreign Legion, Hans Epp (Hans Hirschmüller) makes a living as a fruit peddler together with his wife (Irm Hermann)… but the lack of a real future becomes a strain. The director’s first internationally renowned film is also the first of his melodramas to be inspired by Douglas Sirk. This is … Continue reading The Merchant of Four Seasons

Murder on the Orient Express

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.  In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself on the Orient Express where a notorious businessman (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Another star-studded version of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery is similar to the slightly superior 1974 movie and has no new twists to offer. Which is probably a good … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Published in 2007, André Aciman’s novel also began its journey to the big screen the same year. After securing the rights, producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman asked their friend James Ivory if he would be interested in executive producing the adaptation. He would, but the project stalled as the search for a suitable writer … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: Torn Between Desires

Wonder Wheel

At a 1950s Coney Island amusement park, the wife (Kate Winslet) of a carousel operator (Jim Belushi) begins to unravel; she’s having an affair with a handsome lifeguard (Justin Timberlake), and her husband’s daughter (Juno Temple) is hiding from mobsters. Much like cinematographer Vittorio Storaro enchanted us with the look of Café Society (2016), this … Continue reading Wonder Wheel

The Party

A COMEDY OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS.  After being announced as shadow minister for health, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is having a group of friends and allies over to celebrate, but some of them have startling news. A well-received comedy from Sally Potter that satirizes politics by arranging a dinner that turns into a farce even before … Continue reading The Party

True Crime

When a journalist is killed in a car crash, a veteran colleague (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to her story; she was covering the upcoming execution of a man (Washington) who might be wrongly convicted. The first screen adaptation of an Andrew Klavan novel was a commercial failure and not one of Eastwood’s sharpest films. His … Continue reading True Crime

Battle of the Sexes

HE MADE A BET. SHE MADE HISTORY. In the early 1970s, retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) wants to get back into the limelight and proposes a challenge match against the number one female player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). The Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directors got back together with Carell for this reality-based … Continue reading Battle of the Sexes

Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

A FAIRY TALE FOR TROUBLED TIMES. In 1954, a boy called Guillermo del Toro went to the movies and saw what is now a classic monster movie, Creature From the Black Lagoon. He loved the movie, not just for its thrills but also because he found the leading lady, Julie Adams, beautiful. When he saw … Continue reading Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

How Do You Know

Professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) is not sure where to go next, and suddenly finds herself choosing between two very different men… One of director James L. Brooks’s worst films is another romantic comedy without any laughs, even though it tries to compensate with glitzy milieus. Who will Witherspoon pick, the famous and … Continue reading How Do You Know

Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

THINGS FALL DOWN. PEOPLE LOOK UP. AND WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS.  After the success of Boogie Nights (1997), director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself in a very fortunate position and thought hard about how to take advantage. He started writing what was supposed to be a small and intimate movie, but it blossomed and … Continue reading Magnolia: Meet the Miserables

The Foreigner

NEVER PUSH A GOOD MAN TOO FAR.  When his daughter is killed in a bombing that a rogue part of the IRA takes responsibility for, Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) goes after the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (Pierce Brosnan) to learn who the terrorists are. Former Bond director Martin Campbell reunites with Brosnan … Continue reading The Foreigner