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Good and Simple

Don't let the simple plot stop you from seeing Two Days, One Night

By Alex Bentley

Often there is a chasm between American films and European ones, at least those that make their way across the Atlantic. American movies tend to favor easy, fast-moving stories, while European film ...


Line Up the Oscar

Kristen Stewart's damn near as good as Julianne Moore in Still Alice

By Alex Bentley

With no specific cause and no cure, Alzheimer’s disease is as scary a diagnosis as one could ever get. That is precisely the premise of Still Alice. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a 51 ...


Blackhat Film Hack

Blackhat turns out to be total hack job despite of-the-moment subject

By Alex Bentley

Every time I go into a film released in January — and I’m not talking about movies like Selma or American Sniper that expand nationwide after limited release in December — I hold ...


Stoned Filmmaking

Good luck trying to get through Inherent Vice's impenetrable haze

By Alex Bentley

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has always been known for his esoteric films. In fact, he’s probably the most well-known current filmmaker to have trafficked solely in films that aren’t a ...


Essential Movie Chronicle

Selma magnificently depicts Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatness and flaws

By Alex Bentley

Whether by chance or due to the sheer enormity of his legacy, not one feature film has been made about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. since he was assassinated in 1968. He’s certainly played a pa ...


World War II Hero

Angelina Jolie's Unbroken fails to do justice to Louis Zamperini's life story

By Alex Bentley

If ever there was a true story that deserved big-screen treatment, it’s the life of Louis Zamperini. He packed a lifetime’s worth of events into just about 10 years, running in the 1936 ...


Seeing is Believing

Director Tim Burton treats moviegoers with uncharacteristic Big Eyes

By Alex Bentley

Tim Burton’s films don’t normally fly under the radar, but his latest, Big Eyes, certainly has. Perhaps that’s because it has few Oscar aspirations, unlike most other movies relea ...


Enigma Wrapped Inside a Great Movie

Thrilling The Imitation Game shakes up WWII genre

By Alex Bentley

Whether we like it or not, movies about World War II continue to be popular for filmmakers because of the myriad stories that can be mined from such rich history. But because so many movies have be ...


Modern War Film

American Sniper delivers stirring tribute to Texas hero Chris Kyle

By Alex Bentley

Last we heard from director Clint Eastwood, he was fumbling his way through the adaptation of the jukebox musical Jersey Boys. So naturally he would quickly follow that up with American Sniper, a m ...


Fairy Tale Cinema

Disney's Into the Woods sings with live-theater charm

By Alex Bentley

Translating a stage musical into a movie has never been an easy job. The difficulties most often lie in replicating theater’s intimacy, as even the most grandiose of productions are inherentl ...


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