• Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    Such little words spoken but so much is said with Christopher Nolan’s newest and most personal film, “Dunkirk.” With a career that has spanned such treats as “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” and “The Prestige,” Nolan has found a way to tap into two different cultures with a story that speaks to both American and Europeans alike. It’s themes of survival and taking care of those who sacrifice is profoundly apparent and even more stirring. “Dunkirk” makes the point without preaching…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Every once in a while, you can witness something that hits you at your very core. I’ve felt this very few times in my film loving career. I gazed in awe at the sight of dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, marveled witnessing the birth of the universe in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, and now, I sit in sheer admiration and respect at the magic that is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Nothing you have read, heard, or seen about…

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★★

    Roger Ebert meant so much to the entire film community and when it was announced that there would be a documentary about his life and struggle after cancer, nearly every cinema lover jumped at the opportunity. Ebert, as well as his wife Chaz, inspired millions with their love, story, and the simplicity of living life with films as the central focus. Life Itself by director Steve James is an intimate and respectful look into the life of a man who…

  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips

    ★★★★★

    Hours after the World Premiere of Paul Greengrass‘ newest psychological thriller “Captain Phillips,” my heart is still racing at a hundred beats per minute. Starring the magnificent Tom Hanks in his finest performance since “Cast Away,” this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride lands as one of the best films of the New York Film Festival and the year.

    An intricate and precisely executed thriller written by Billy Ray, everything about “Captain Phillips” works amazingly. It’s this year’s “Zero Dark Thirty” in tension…

  • August: Osage County

    August: Osage County

    Before I even start to talk about John Wells‘ new film “August: Osage County,” I have to say I’ve never seen the stage play or read it by writer Tracy Letts. Following the screening, I felt it was important to disclose. An all-star cast is assembled, all which have individual moments to shine, which is surprising with a cast this size, and for the most part, the film succeeds on multiple levels. Sure to be divisive, “August: Osage County” is…

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost

    Talk about making a huge leap forward in your filmmaking abilities; J.C. Chandor can rest easy knowing he demonstrated the directorial style of a pro in his survival film “All is Lost” starring Robert Redford. Debuting today at the New York Film Festival, you can tell that many critics were simply captivated by what they were witnessing on-screen. An almost 40-page script and a team of amazing technical magicians encapsulate the awe and wonder of the upcoming Lionsgate feature.

    The…

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    Nearly everything you’ve heard is true. Steve McQueen‘s anticipated take on the true story of Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, is the emotional juggernaut of the year. It’s been about twelve hours since “12 Years a Slave“ was unveiled to a crowd of New York critics alike. At times, I allow myself to sleep on a film, recollect and recall all the moments that I enjoyed to see if what I felt was in fact how…