Category: Film Reviews

‘Song to Song’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve never seen a Terrence Malick film I’ve disliked.  Most viewers have never seen a Terrence Malick film they’ve liked.  His is an acquired taste, due to the non-linear structure...

‘T2 Trainspotting’

Commentary by Andy Ray Twenty-one years ago, British director Danny Boyle released a film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel “Trainspotting.”  Relating the saga of four Scottish heroin addicts and the drug sale that made...

Emily Mortimer in The Sense of an Ending

Film review: ‘The Sense of an Ending’

Commentary by Andy Ray A little more than a year after “45 Years” (a British drama about an older man who receives a letter regarding an old lover from his pre-marriage days) comes “The...

‘The Ottoman Lieutenant’

Joseph Rubin’s latest exercise, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” would seem to have all the elements of a classic melodrama – a love triangle set against the backdrop of the dawn of World War I.  Unfortunately,...

‘The Salesman’

I suppose it was inevitable that “The Salesman” win this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar the other week.  By not attending the ceremony, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s absence highlighted his protest (and that of...

‘A United Kingdom’

Commentary by Andy Ray I was not particularly excited to see Amma Assante’s “A United Kingdom” – a true story of the heir to the throne of Botswana and his white wife. I figured...

‘I Am Not Your Negro’

Commentary by Andy Ray Of the 20th century’s three most notable African-American authors – Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin – Baldwin was the most accessible. Often appearing on television and participating in...

Andy Ray’s Oscar picks and predictions

Commentary by Andy Ray Last year was a mildly disappointing one for motion pictures. I found just two films that I would call “brilliant.” One is the British/American indie “American Honey,” which is not...

‘Julieta’

Commentary by Andy Ray Since his 1988 debut with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” Spanish director and auteur Pedro Almodovar has always been at his best with stories about females.  He...

‘The Comedian’

While he typically plays the heavy, Robert DeNiro is certainly capable of comedic performances (see “Midnight Run,” “Wag the Dog,” and “Silver Linings Playbook”).  So if you knew DeNiro were to play an aging...