Movie Reviews

  • Movie Review: Hank and Asha (2013)

    Movie Review: Hank and Asha (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Hank and Asha” is a pleasant little low-budget romance that leans too much on a gimmick. But before I tell you about that, let me tell you what I liked about it. The two leads, who […]

  • Movie Review: Stan (2006)

    Movie Review: Stan (2006)

    by Alan F. Zundel There is a sub-genre of the biopic that could be called “The Tears of a Clown.” In these TV and movie dramas the personal lives of famous comedians are mined for the tragic. Buster Keaton, Charlie […]

  • Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)

    Movie Review: Brooklyn (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel Sometimes the simplest stories are the most profound, and the story in “Brooklyn” is profoundly simple. A young woman leaves her home, adjusts to a new life, returns home, and struggles to decide whether to stay […]

  • Movie Review: Ex Machina (2015)

    Movie Review: Ex Machina (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Ex Machina” has plenty on its surface to hold your attention, but underneath it feels soulless—much like the character at the center of the story. That character is Ava, a humanoid robot played by Alicia Vikander, […]

  • Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

    Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Martian,” a movie about an astronaut struggling to survive on Mars, struggles to maintain its life on the screen. It is kept alive primarily by Matt Damon and the magic of science, despite mortal threats […]

  • Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

    Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Nightcrawler” is one of those movies that is a vehicle for a talented actor to show his or her stuff in an unconventional role. Its attraction is a fascinating lead character; its shortcoming is that the […]

  • Movie Review: The Boy Next Door (2015)

    Movie Review: The Boy Next Door (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Boy Next Door” is billed as an erotic thriller, but I can think of more accurate labels. How about: cheesy, predictable, dumb, and deeply disturbing for its underlying message that women who have sex outside […]

  • Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Edge of Tomorrow” is a science-fiction sandwich: the usual at either end, with some interesting stuff in the middle. It’s passable due to a clever plot gimmick and strong performances from stars Tom Cruise and Emily […]

  • Movie Review: St. Vincent (2014)

    Movie Review: St. Vincent (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel If you enjoy Bill Murray, you’ll enjoy “St. Vincent.” It’s that simple. I’ve been a Murray fan since his stint on Saturday Night Live in the ’70s, and my wife was converted by “Groundhog Day” back […]

  • Movie Review: Steve Jobs (2015)

    Movie Review: Steve Jobs (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Steve Jobs” the movie, like Steve Jobs the man, crackles with energy and intelligence. Finally it is the season for movies targeted above the level of the teenage market! Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men,” “The […]