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Hamptons Film Festival: ‘The Lady in the Van’ Starring Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith, THE LADY IN THE VAN

Miss Shepherd arrives at writer Alan Bennett's curbside in her ramshackle van. With ungracious and manipulative presumption, she wins a place in his heart and a choice spot in his driveway. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ – What If ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ Had a Child?

A TRIO OF T-REXES — An Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears—and three impressive T-Rexes—in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Charming enough to keep the target audience satisfied as it is dazzled by the array of visual delights and scary characters chasing after our rather dynamic duo. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit – The Complete Series’


The 26-episode fantasy anime series provides a good intro to those viewers only familiar with younger Japanimation fare. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘A Christmas Horror Story’ Featuring William Shatner

A Christmas Horror Story, Christmas, Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan, William Shatner, Santa, Santa Claus, Krampus, George Buza, Zoe De Grand Maison, Rob Archer

It works in spurts, but never comes together in a satisfying whole, but there is at least enough good to make inquiring minds get their money’s worth. Read More »

DOC NYC Review: ‘Harold and Lillian, A Hollywood Love Story’ with Danny De Vito

Lillian Michelson, Harold and Lillian a Hollywood Love Story, Daniel Raim

What do 'The Birds,' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' 'Marnie,' 'The Graduate' have in common? Harold and Lillian Michelson. Read More »

Virginia Film Festival: ‘Last Days in the Desert’

Ewan McGregor as Jesus

'Last Days in the Desert' is a unique exploration of Jesus's human side in way that is contemplative, creative, and respectful. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Tenderness of the Wolves’


'Tenderness of the Wolves' sometimes plays like a Rainer Werner Fassbinder B-side, and for good reason. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Je t’aime, je t’aime’


The great French filmmaker Alain Resnais literalizes his pet conceit in 'Je t’aime, je t’aime,' surely one of the great time travel films. Read More »

Middleburg Film Festival Review: ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’

Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut

Kent Jones's 'Hitchcock/Truffaut' is a brilliantly executed glimpse into the minds of two masters in cinema. Read More »

Film Legend Mary Pickford and Sara Gavron’s ‘Suffragette’


“We break windows. We burn things. Because war is the only language men listen to,” Maud says in Suffragette, now playing in theaters across the U.S. Director Sara Gavron said, “Working (class) women often are the vanguard of change, and they’re often not recognized for that.” Another woman not recognized by history is Mary Pickford, the most famous woman in ... Read More »