Review: ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and the art of grief

As with any year, there are a few films this year that deal with tragedy and how we cope with it. But none tackle it so deftly like ‘Manchester By The Sea’, a film directed by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Casey Affleck in what is perhaps his career-defining role. As far as sad and depressing movies…

Review: ‘La La Land’ is the best musical in a long time

From the trailers, one may have gotten the impression that Damian Chazelle’s new film was an homage to the musicals of the golden age of cinema. The first frame of the title sequence informs the audience that this film was produced in CinemaScope, a film format that is contemporaneous with such musicals. In another ballsy…

Top 10: Favorite Films of 2015

Creed Mad Max: Fury Road Straight Outta Compton The Revenant Ex Machina Kingsman: The Secret Service Peanuts Movie Sicario Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spy

Review: Glorious ‘Selma’ denied Oscar glory

On the morning of the Academy Award nomination announcements, many were bewildered to find the film “Selma” received only two nominations, leaving director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo without a single nomination. “Selma” is too excellent of a film to not have received several nominations. Her sophomore effort, director Ava DuVernay paints a…

Review: ‘Interstellar’ is ambitious, but falls short of Nolan’s best work

“You gotta admit one thing. You can’t beat the view.” This line is uttered by George Clooney’s character in the 2013 sci-fi hit “Gravity” and can be applied to “Interstellar” as well. Christopher Nolan’s cinematic foray into space and time boasts of wondrous visuals and admirable ambitiousness, but it is not without its flaws. Anyone…

Review: ‘Birdman’ is the best film of 2014

I usually try to refrain from labeling films masterpieces after the first viewing, but after seeing ‘Birdman’, I cannot resist. Director Alejandro Innaritu’s new film, which stars Michael Keaton, is a witty, thoughtful and dazzling satire of the film and Broadway industries.Deep down however, it is an intelligent character study of one man trying to…

Review: ‘Lincoln’ like you have never seen him before

I am not American. But after seeing this film, boy do I feel like one. Translating onto screen the life of the greatest American president is a tough feat. But Spielberg, who I now consider to be the king of biopics and historical pieces, has outdone himself. Right off the bat, the movie is as…

Review: ‘Skyfall’ is the Bond series’ peak

During the thanksgiving break, my friend told me that he heard me talk during my sleep. And according to him, my exact words were: “Bond. James Bond.” Now, I have never been a James Bond fan, and I will not pretend to be in this review. But the impact of the new James Bond flick…

Review: A Look Back at Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’

My proclivity for movies that challenge me to think has motivated my choice of Inception as the subject of this edition “A Look Back”. This science-fiction directed by Christopher Nolan has every element a good picture should have: a great screenplay, excellent cinematography and brilliant cast among others. The story is about a skilled mind-extractor…