Category: MUST-SEES

Ten Classics worth watching

Freaks [1932] The power of the film is within the freaks themselves. We are invited to stare, but ultimately sympathize with them. We want to see anyone who threatens them get what they deserve, and boy do they ever get that. Click for full review.   Nosferatu: A […]

Take Shelter [2011]

Add this one to your list of must see movies. “Take Shelter”, directed by Jeff Nichols and starring the great Michael Shannon (terrific in both “Revolutionary Road” and “The Runaways”) is a hauntingly beautiful picture about a family man who starts having visions of an impending apocalypse, disturbing visions […]

A Separation [2011] ★★★½

This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language is raw and riveting, and that’s what makes it so effective. “A Separation”, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi is a pileup of horrors, and Farhadi does little to lighten the burden. You won’t find yourself smiling or feeling good after […]

Moneyball [2011]

Acting doesn’t get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”. On the surface, the film is a baseball story just like last year’s “The Social Network” was a film about Facebook. Meaning it’s not. I don’t usually care much about sports […]

The Descendants [2011]

Does George Clooney ever sleep? On top of “Ides Of March”, here’s one of the most captivating movies of 2011. Director Alexander Payne (“Election”, “About Schmidt”, “Sideways”) is a master storyteller, and “The Descendants” reaffirms his status as one of Hollywood’s best. In adapting  the 2009 novel by Kaui […]

Intouchables [2011] ★★★½

How often does a seemingly simple film capture the imagination of the world? “Intouchables” does, with originality and charm. It’s so vividly real and touching, that it holds you spellbound for two hours, with no letup. The movie was a smash hit in France,  with a staggering 5 million […]