Category: Film Reviews

‘Silence’

Commentary by Andy Ray Webster’s defines apostasy as “a defection or revolt,” particularly as it applies to the renunciation of one’s religion.  In his new film “Silence,” director Martin Scorsese asks if we would...

‘20th Century Women’

Commentary by Andy Ray Oftentimes, my favorite movies are those I see without knowing exactly what’s coming. With no expectations, a good quality screenplay can take me by surprise. Andrea Arnold’s recent “American Honey”...

‘Live by Night’

Commentary by Andy Ray Much as with the so-called War on Drugs, Prohibition did not stop Americans from drinking alcoholic beverages. Instead, it created a huge underground market for such products – leading to...

‘Hidden Figures’

Commentary by Andy Ray As a department of the U.S. Government, NASA was one of the first “businesses” to integrate African-Americans into its workforce. Even before the height of the Civil Rights Movement, African-American...

‘Lion’

Commentary by Andy Ray In his directorial debut “Lion,” Garth Davis tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy tragically separated from his mother and brother at a young age, and adopted...

‘Fences’

Commentary by Andy Ray The most difficult aspect of bringing a non-musical theatrical production to the big screen is keeping the picture from looking like a filmed play.  In that sense, Denzel Washington’s adaptation...

‘Passengers’

Commentary by Andy Ray The premise of Morten Tyldum’s new science fiction film “Passengers” sounds fascinating.  On a 120-year voyage to a distant planet, one of over 5000 passengers mysteriously awakens 90 years too...

‘Jackie’

Commentary by Andy Ray Natalie Portman won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 drama “Black Swan.”  She may very well win another this year for her riveting portrayal...

‘La La Land’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve heard the Oscar buzz about Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” And my first reaction was, “A musical? Really?” Yes, “Chicago” did win Best Picture for 2002, and deservedly so; and “Les Miserables”...

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Commentary by Andy Ray In 2000, screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan directed his first feature film. “You Can Count on Me” was the story of a single mother (Laura Linney) raising a teenage son, when her...