Neely Swanson

“Eastern Boys” – An Eastern Block [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Eastern Boys” – An Eastern Block [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Eastern Boys,” was presumably a well-intentioned love story coming from a different angle. If only director Robin Camillo, who also wrote and edited this effort, had had a clearer vision of what angle he was coming from. Certainly “Eastern Boys” is a love story from the perspective of looking for love in all the wrong […]

 Sean Carroll

MOVIE REVIEW – Furious 7: Furiously Exceptional

MOVIE REVIEW –  Furious 7: Furiously Exceptional

It’s amazing how much mileage The Fast and the Furious franchise has gotten over the course of 14 years. It’s latest installment, Furious 7, is a blast. It delivers everything a fan of this series could possibly want, with the added bonus of a tribute to the late Paul Walker. Furious 7  assumes that you’ve seen the previous movies, […]

 Neely Swanson

“Queen and Country” – Trite and True [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Queen and Country” – Trite and True [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Queen and Country,” a sweet little film by the estimable writer/director John Boorman, whose 60 years as a filmmaker includes “Point Blank” (1967), “Deliverance” (1972), “Excaliber” (1981) and “The General” (1998) has finally produced the follow-up to his sweet-tart autobiographical film “Hope and Glory” (1987) in which he told his own story about growing up […]

 Sean Carroll

“Kingsman” Movie Review – Entertainment fit for a King

“Kingsman” Movie Review – Entertainment fit for a King

You thought I was gonna review 50 Shades of Grey, didn’t you? You thought wrong. I got a vastly superior date movie for you, one that is guaranteed to produce far more titillating pleasure, and arousal. Kingsman: The Secret Service is that movie. A super-violent action-comedy that pays homage to as well as spoofs the James Bond series, Kingsman is, for […]

 Neely Swanson

“Supremacy”- A game of Chess Played Out in Black and White [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Supremacy”- A game of Chess Played Out in Black and White [MOVIE REVIEW]

Deon Taylor’s surprisingly resonant and deceptively deep film Supremacy comes at you with a hammer and ends up filleting you with a scalpel. Taylor, working with Eric J. Adams’ excellent  script, comes out of left field, or more precisely, the low budget horror genre,  to tell the allegedly true tale of Garrett Tully (a cursory […]

 Neely Swanson

“Diplomacy” – Sometimes Works [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Diplomacy” – Sometimes Works [MOVIE REVIEW]

The new film, “Diplomacy,” directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff, is the embodiment of both definitions of the word: “the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country’s representatives abroad” and “the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way.” “Diplomacy” tells the compelling and frightening story of […]

 Neely Swanson

“Birdman” – It Will Drive You Batty [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Birdman” – It Will Drive You Batty [MOVIE REVIEW]

Alejandro González Iñárritu is practically unique among directors working today as his films are created for a niche audience and yet seem to attract critical acclaim, big name stars and mainstream distributors. “Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is no exception and therein lies its strengths and its weaknesses. “Birdman” is a relatable tale […]

 Neely Swanson

“A Most Wanted Man” – In Every Sense [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A Most Wanted Man” – In Every Sense [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A Most Wanted Man,” Andrew Bovell’s outstanding adaptation of John LeCarré’s novel directed by Anton Corbijn, was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last completed film. His legacy was assured before he took this role but “A Most Wanted Man” is a fitting elegy to a great actor. Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) runs a small clandestine anti-terrorist unit in […]

 Neely Swanson

“Very Good Girls” – Often [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Very Good Girls” – Often [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Very Good Girls,” a film opening in theaters on Friday but available in VOD since June 24, is quite good, just not very good all the time. So used to the so-called “Coming of Age” scenario told from the male point of view, writer-director Naomi Foner has refreshingly approached it from the other side where […]

 Neely Swanson

“A Summer’s Tale” – really a tail [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A Summer’s Tale” – really a tail [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A Summer’s Tale” (“Conte d’été”) was the third in a series of four so-called seasonal tales written and directed by Eric Rohmer, best known for “My Night at Maud’s,” “Pauline at the Beach” and “Claire’s Knee.” Produced in 1996, it is the only one of the four “tales” never released in the United States, an […]

 Neely Swanson

“Venus in Fur” – but not quite fur enough [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Venus in Fur” – but not quite fur enough [MOVIE REVIEW]

It was with a great deal of trepidation that I approached “Venus in Fur” as translated, adapted (with David Ives) and directed by Roman Polanski from David Ives’ superlative play. First there was Polanski’s disastrous, heavy-handed interpretation of Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” delivering a film totally lacking the ironic humor of Christopher Hampton’s original […]

 Neely Swanson

“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step” – and sometimes dissonent [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step” – and sometimes dissonent [MOVIE REVIEW]

At last! A documentary with marvelous production values as well as a fascinating subject. “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” directed and produced by David L. Lewis is a full bore examination of the brilliant and complicated life of Nat Hentoff. Hentoff, more than almost anyone else, was the modern day journalistic champion and […]

 Neely Swanson

“Gabrielle” – a tough sell [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Gabrielle” – a tough sell [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Gabrielle,” written and directed by Louise Archambault is the wholly, or perhaps it should be holy, sincere portrait of a young woman, Gabrielle, with Williams syndrome. Williams Syndrome has many characteristics, among which are distinct physical traits and deceptively higher verbal and social skills than the cognitive and mental functions associated with the disease would […]

 Neely Swanson

“Trust Me” – Really [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Trust Me” – Really [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Trust Me,” written, directed and starring Clark Gregg is a film that renews your faith in the small independent movie. Gregg, a veteran of both the big and small screen is one of those actors who’s almost always the bride’s maid and not the bride. But “Trust Me” reveals what a triple threat he is […]

 Neely Swanson

“Cold in July” – Too cool [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Cold in July” – Too cool [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Cold in July,” a film directed by Jim Mickle and written by Mickle and Nick Damici is the little engine that ultimately couldn’t. With a top notch cast led by Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, “Cold in July” aims for a bullet through the heart and instead ends up shooting itself in the foot. […]

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