Movie Reviews

  • Movie Review: “The Searchers” (1956)

    Movie Review: “The Searchers” (1956)

    by Alan F. Zundel To say a movie is a “classic” is not the same as saying it’s one of the most entertaining. “The Searchers,” director John Ford’s 1956 western starring John Wayne, is a classic, but it has its […]

  • Family Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

    Family Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

    by Alan, Marianne, and Rae Joie Zundel A family movie should be watched as a family, so my wife Marianne and I took our daughter Rae Joie to see the new Disney/Pixar animated film, “Inside Out.” “Inside Out” is about […]

  • Movie Review: The Lunchbox (2013)

    Movie Review: The Lunchbox (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel When strangers cross paths, the result can be life changing. This observation is at the heart of the majority of dramas, particularly love stories. It reflects the dual truth that we tend to be absorbed in […]

  • Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

    Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel An action thriller needs at least two things: action and thrills. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” has a little action, but not many thrills. It strives to capture the look and sound of the Jason Bourne series, […]

  • Movie Review: Redwood Highway (2013)

    Movie Review: Redwood Highway (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel “Redwood Highway” is a modest movie with a three specific charms to recommend it. This first charm is that it was filmed on location in beautiful southern Oregon along the 199 highway to the Pacific coast. […]

  • Movie Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

    Movie Review: Captain Phillips (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel For a while I avoided watching “Captain Phillips.” I knew that it was a well-made movie, as anything starring Tom Hanks has to have something going for it, but in the trailer preview I felt something […]

  • Movie Review: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    Movie Review: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    by Alan F. Zundel I time-traveled last Thursday evening thanks to the University of Oregon’s Department of Romance Languages. They arranged a free showing of the award-winning 1988 Italian film, “Cinema Paradiso,” at the Bijou Arts Theater. “Cinema Paradiso,” written […]

  • Movie Review: The Age of Adaline (2015)

    Movie Review: The Age of Adaline (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Age of Adaline” is movie with a serious theme and an intriguing premise. It is the story of a woman who is afraid to love because she is afraid of loss, wrapped in a fantasy […]

  • Movie Review: “Still Alice” (2014)

    Movie Review: “Still Alice” (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel Based on the novel of the same name, “Still Alice” is a moving family drama about a fifty-year old woman struggling with the rapid progression of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The emotional heart of the drama rests […]