• This Week's Review: "12 Strong"

    I only had time for one film on January 27, so I caught up with “12 Strong,” the story of the first military response to the 9-11 attacks. Even though those attacks took place more than 16 years …

  • This Week's Review: "The Commuter"

    After two days of cabin fever brought on by the recent inclement weather, I was more than ready for a cinematic treat. I only had time for one film, and I wound up with “The Commuter,” Liam Neeson’s …

  • This Week's Review: "Hostiles" and "The Post"

    Before the inclement weather arrived, I managed to see two excellent films: “Hostiles” and “The Post.” “Hostiles” reminds me very much of John Ford at his best. I am not familiar with other films directed by Scott Cooper, …

  • This Week's Review: "Molly's Game"

    The New Year is not off to a good start. Some of the new releases seem intended to keep the audience away from the theaters. On January 6, I saw “Molly’s Game,” a mediocre film that some are …

  • This Week's Review: "The Man Who Invented Christmas"

    There were no new movies that seemed worth my time on December 2, so I decided to catch up with “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” I used to teach a course on Charles Dickens, so I spotted numerous …

  • This Week's Review: "Three Billboards" and "Coco"

    I did manage to catch two films during the Thanksgiving weekend: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Coco.” Both dealt with death, but in very different ways. “Three Billboards” is a very dark revenge film set in a …

  • This Week's Review: "Justice League"

    People often ask me which books have most influenced my life. If I am more candid than usual, I have to include a tattered 1947 issue of “Comic Cavalcade.” I don’t remember the name of the family my …

  • This Week's Review: "Murder on the Orient Express"

    I have to admit that I could see no serious reason for a third adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” The Sidney Lumet theatrical version was very good, and I have heard several laudatory and …

  • This Week's Review: "Thor: Ragnarok"

    The weekend of November 4 marked the opening of the long-awaited, “Thor: Ragnarok,” and I was more than happy to help celebrate the event. The film lives up to all the hyperbole even though it is much lighter …