REVIEW: “The Circle”

REVIEW: “The Circle”

Nestled somewhere deep inside of “The Circle” lies an interesting concept for a movie. Maybe it was bad creative choices. Maybe the Dave Eggers novel didn’t translate well from book to screen. I’m guessing it’s a combination of both that shortchange this film adaptation. There are certainly some filmmaking decisions that don’t pan out and … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Alone in Berlin” (2017)

REVIEW: “Alone in Berlin” (2017)

For me the strengths of Vincent Perez’s “Alone in Berlin” are fairly obvious – a unique and heart-wrenching true story and two superb acting talents as its leads. That was more than enough the keep me attached to this slow-boiling World War 2 drama. Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson play Otto and Anna, a German husband and wife living in … Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Girl with All the Gifts” (2017)

REVIEW: “The Girl with All the Gifts” (2017)

It seems that every year or so we get a zombie movie that attempts to bend the crowded genre in a new direction. I’m talking about movies like “Zombieland”, “Train to Busan”, and even Schwarzenegger’s “Maggie”. This year’s entry is “The Girl with All the Gifts”, a wickedly crafty zombie flick that twists the genre’s … Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Glass Castle”

REVIEW: “The Glass Castle”

While walking out of my screening of “The Glass Castle” I immediately pulled out my phone and began perusing opinions on a certain red vegetable movie review aggregate (or fruit depending on your culinary or botanical lean). I had avoided reading reviews but knew reactions were all over the spectrum. Sure enough some have heralded … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Pilgrimage” (2017)

REVIEW: “Pilgrimage” (2017)

For those few folks needing more proof (assuming they still exist) that big budgets aren’t essential to good moviemaking, I present to you Brendan Muldowney’s “Pilgrimage”, a beautiful and propulsive medieval thriller anchored in 13th century European complexity and brutality. With a meager budget of just over $5 million, “Pilgrimage” looks and plays out better than many of its … Continue reading