From the Fire Into the Frying Pan (Film Review: “Burnt”)

Burnt may not be the last word on the ‘Bad Boy’ chef trope, but it’s still an entertaining potboiler of one man’s journey to self. . . plus it’s always fun to watch Bradley Cooper, especially when he’s dicing, slicing and yelling in both English and French. Continue Reading →


These Neighbors Are Idiots! (Film Review: “A Man Called Ove”)

Sometimes no matter how many times you try to end it all, your neighbors just keep interrupting. This little gem from Sweden reminds us that no man is an island. And also that Saabs are better than Volvos. Continue Reading →


Talk Therapy -or- The End of ‘Before’ (Film Review: “Before Midnight”)

Cinema’s celebrated triptych on Modern Love, the final installment in the ‘Before’ series finds the chatty Celine and Jesse still sparring it out, but the conversation – like the lovers themselves – has matured, with so much more at stake as they find themselves at a somber mid-life crossroads. Continue Reading →


A Dish Best Served Cold (Series Review: “The Frozen Dead”)

A gruesome discovery on a snowy peak in the French Pyrenees draws a homicide detective home to face his archnemesis, an imprisoned serial killer at the center of an sweeping avalanche of grisly revenge killings. Continue Reading →

HAVANA, CUBA - OCTOBER 8: A classic car taxi driver makes his way to the Capitolio on October 8, 2017 in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

Cuba Redux (Documentary Review: “Cuba & The Cameraman”)

A documentary about Cuba, shot on location over a 45-year time span, offers a rare historical portrait of the island nation and its people, through Fidel: post-revolution to today. The country is still an enigma. Continue Reading →


Landing a Royal Scoop (Film Review: “A Christmas Prince”)

Can a sneaker-sporting American journalist win the heart of a bad-boy, reluctant heir to the throne, all the while posing undercover to scoop royal-watchers around the world before an imminent Christmas Eve coronation? Continue Reading →


Just Keep Walking (Film Review: “The Way Back”)

A sweeping, fact-based story about a disparate group of prisoners from a Siberian gulag who walked 4,000 miles to India seeking freedom, with the Russian tundra, the Himalayas and the Gobi Desert to cross in the process. Continue Reading →