Movie Review: Won’t Back Down
Sep 28 2012
NEW YORK - It may sound like a Bruce Willis action thriller, but “Won’t Back Down” (Fox) is anything but. Still, this David-vs.-Goliath story of two single mothers who join forces to save a failing public school from a wicked bureaucracy packs an emotional wallop.
Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania
Sep 28 2012
We are used to fables of humans fleeing from spooky ghouls and ghosts, but what if they were as scared of us as we are of them?
Movie Review: The Possession
Aug 31 2012
NEW YORK - Catholic exorcists get some time off with “The Possession” (Lionsgate). Since this mostly gore-free chiller’s premise rests on Jewish tales of demonic indwelling by beings called dybbuks, it’s a Hasidic student, rather than a priest, who eventually gets summoned to the rescue. And file this one under “Only in America”: said scholar - Tzadok by name - is played by Hasidic rapper and reggae singer Matisyahu.
Movie Review: The Awakening
Aug 24 2012
Things go bump in the night - and during the day - in “The Awakening” (Cohen Media Group), an old-fashioned horror movie set in a big haunted house in the remote English countryside.
Movie Review: Hope Springs
Aug 08 2012
NEW YORK - Although fundamentally moral, “Hope Springs” (Columbia) - a skillful mix of comedy and drama that focuses on the problems of one long-married couple - is also significantly flawed.
Movie Review: To Rome With Love
Jul 30 2012
With films set in London, Barcelona and Paris under his belt, quintessential New Yorker Woody Allen extends his European tour in “To Rome With Love” (Sony Classics). His farce follows various couples around the Eternal City as they search for romance, happiness, and - all too frequently - sin.