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Uncut Gems movie review & film summary (2019)

"Everything I do is not going right." So sobs Howard, the adrenaline-junkie diamond dealer gambling addict played by Adam Sandler in "Uncut Gems." Taking place over the course of a couple of days, "Uncut Gems," directed by Josh and…

In Fabric movie review & film summary (2019)

Comics artist Howard Chaykin once (or twice) said that the role of advertising is to flatter you into thinking that you’re smarter than advertising. That concept is put to work in “In Fabric,” a slippery horror-comedy about the equally…

White Snake movie review & film summary (2019)

There’s a significant difference in quality between the mediocre scenario (and dialogue) and thrilling production design (and direction) in “White Snake,” the new Chinese animated fairy tale about a shape-changing demon snake who falls…

63 Up movie review & film summary ()

For 55 years, Michael Apted's "Up" series has been producing documentary features about the lives of 14 regular people, joining James Bond as one of world cinema's few constants. The latest installment—and according to Apted, probably…

Hala movie review & film summary (2019)

Following the ordinary beats of a teen’s everyday life, writer/director Minhal Baig’s gentle and attentive sophomore feature “Hala” possesses something inherently extraordinary by just being about a young, female Muslim-American. It’s…

Dark Waters movie review & film summary (2019)

"Dark Waters," starring Mark Ruffalo as an attorney trying to punish the DuPont chemical corporation for dumping toxic waste in West Virginia, is a lone-crusader-against-the-corrupt-system film, in the tradition of  "The Insider," "A…
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