Category: Film Reviews

‘Despicable Me 3’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve never been a big fan of sequels. Too often, studios use them to make a quick buck because of the inherent built-in audience. Having said that, my favorite Toy...

‘Dunkirk’

Commentary by Andy Ray Save for his 2000 debut “Memento,” director Christopher Nolan’s career has been all about spectacle, often at the expense of character development. Think the “Dark Knight” trilogy or 2014’s “Interstellar.”...

‘Cars 3’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve never been a big fan of sequels.  Too often, studios use them to make a quick buck because of the inherent built-in audience.  Having said that, my favorite “Toy...

‘Cars 3’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve never been a big fan of sequels.  Other than “Toy Story 3” and any of the “Pink Panther” films that starred Peter Sellers, I can’t think of a sequel...

‘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...