Review: Michael Shannon & Imogen Poots are trying hard to love each other in ‘Frank & Lola’




Gorgeously shot with emotionally-charged performances, Frank & Lola is written and directed by first-time feature director Matthew Ross and stars Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots in the title roles. An Read More →

Review: Meet the ‘Tree Man’ who works every Christmas selling trees in New York City




Every holiday season, hundreds of Christmas tree sellers from across North America descend upon the streets of New York City to ply their trade. Having left their homes and families Read More →

Review: Hope for peace exists in the documentary ‘Disturbing the Peace’




www.reconsider.org www.disturbingthepeacefilm.com Country of Origin: United States, Israel, Palestine, Languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew w/ English subtitles ***2016 Hampton International Film Festival Winner – Conflict & Resolution*** ***2016 Traverse City Film Read More →

Review: Nicolas Cage & Willem Dafoe in the vibrant & violent ‘Dog Eat Dog’ from Paul Schrader, writer of ‘Taxi Driver’




After it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dog Eat Dog, a bright, vibrant, loud, violent and silly crime caper is set for theaters in New York and Los Read More →

Review: ‘The American Side’ reincarnates film noir




In the director’s statement on the film’s website, Jenna Ricker explains that she was inspired by Hitchcock and 70s conspiracy thrillers, but that wasn’t really my experience. As I started Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival Review: ‘The Happy Film’ is surprisingly introspective




What makes you happy? Scratch that, it doesn’t matter, it’s not something you attain, its something in the moment. The Happy Film is a feature-length documentary in which graphic designer Read More →

Girls on Film Podcast: Interview with ‘Diablo’ writer/director Lawrence Roeck – “Build a good team around you”




Yes, before you ask, that is Clint Eastwood‘s son, Scott. He’s pretty unmistakeable. He stars in Diablo playing a civil war veteran who begins a journey to rescue his kidnapped Read More →

Christmas Day Must See: ‘The Hateful Eight’ keeps you in the dark while in a bright white blizzard




In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Read More →

Review: ‘Don Verdean’ is saved by its cast – Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement with Will Forte & Danny McBride




Sam Rockwell is Don Verdean, a Biblical archeologist who is hired by a pastor and his wife (Danny McBride and Leslie Bibb) to excavate artifacts for their ministry to boost Read More →

Review: The subtle & unexpected ‘By the Sea’ from Writer/Director Angelina Jolie Pitt




Let’s watch the trailer: There are three different ways I can describe By the Sea, written, directed and starring Angelina Jolie Pitt opposite husband, Brad Pitt. Roland and Vanessa (Brad Pitt and Angelina Read More →

Bluray Review: Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary on comedian Barry Crimmins – ‘Call Me Lucky’




For his first documentary, director Bobcat Goldthwait chose to profile the a man whom he met as an “angry teenager” and who is still one of his dearest friends. Call Read More →

New York Film Festival Review: The gorgeous ‘Carol’ with Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara




Not once salacious, Todd Haynes‘ Carol is a subtle and elegant telling of a romance between two women in the 1950s. Cate Blanchett is the title character and Rooney Mara is Read More →

New York Film Festival Review: ‘Mountains May Depart’ when you Go West




Mountains May Depart competed for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and takes a prime spot at the New York Film Festival. Jia Zhangke‘s eighth feature film left me bewildered and Read More →

Review: Sundance Film Festival Selection ‘Mississippi Grind’ starring Ben Mendelsohn & Ryan Reynolds




Disguised as a buddy, road movie, Mississippi Grind is an intense and intimate story of addiction that reveals the gritty details of a lifetime gambler when he’s paired up with one Read More →

Review: Up for a comedy? You should try ‘Sleeping With Other People’




You may think you’ve seen this movie before. A man and woman decide to just be friends, yada, yada, yada, they fall in love. However, I guarantee Sleeping With Other Read More →

Opposing Reviews: Melissa & Liz review Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone & Parker Posey




Liz and I often agree on movies, but there are occasions where we do not, and Irrational Man is one of them. As it rolls out to theaters across the country, Read More →