Category: Film Reviews

‘Colossal’

Commentary by Andy Ray By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer or read about the premise of Nacho Vigalondo’s “Colossal,” and you’ve probably decided to skip something with such a ridiculous set-up.  This is...

‘Personal Shopper’

Commentary by Andy Ray Boy is Kristen Stewart on a tear.  She turned in an excellent, nuanced performance as Julianne Moore’s daughter in 2015’s “Still Alice” – the same year she won acclaim for...

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Commentary by Andy Ray Nick Caro’s latest feature is “The Zookeeper’s Wife” – based on Diane Ackerman’s 2007 non-fiction work of the same name.  It follows the World War II history of Antonina Zabinski,...

‘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...