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The Equalizer

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up Training Day. Now, the successful duo goes back to the well once more for another powerful and violent movie. Do they yield the same results?

Here One Day: A Documentary Film Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This award-winning documentary has many answers to the unnerving questions that suicide evokes.

Boyhood: Not Exactly a Film Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Our armed forces are worthy of the respect that they receive. What turns boys to men is this kind of ritualized initiation -- a process that's significantly lacking in the development of the youngster who's portrayed in Boyhood, as it is to the majority of us today.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

A one-star French restaurant distinguishes the village and draws diners from near and far. Madame Mallory (the regal Helen Mirren), a widow, rules the place with every detail of the restaurant and every hair on her head in place. She dreams of achieving a second Michelin star.

'Ida': A Film Review by Dr. Lloyd Sederer

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This is a film destined to become a modern classic. It reaches deep into what makes us human, and inhuman, and has the authority to leave us feeling that there is grace to be found if we can bear it.

RAILWAY MEN: A Film Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

I could not help but think of that other Burma Railway movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, directed by David Lean and based on the short story ...

The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Starr

I thought, "Oh yet another prisoner of war film." In its stripped down raw simplicity that's true. But this film will transport you to the hellish inner sanctum of torture experiences like none other -- with an amazing surprise ending.

This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

How Do Actors Act?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.05.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

How do (good) actors get us, the audience, to suspend belief -- even recognition -- of the person behind the actor's mask so we can enter the different reality they have created?

August: Osage County. Why Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Are Like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Tony Potts | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

Don't get me wrong. It's funny here and there. Funny as in this situation is so absurd/awkward it's funny. Funny as in biting humor with razor sharp teeth laced with tabasco sauce. And I love tabasco sauce.

A Rabbinic Take on Gravity

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Gravity reminds us of the uncertainty and danger inherent in living, but it also reminds us that crisis can be the catalyst of new understandings about ourselves and the world around us.

How 'Last Vegas' Convinced Me There's Life After 70

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I have been looking forward to seeing Last Vegas since I saw the trailer for it as a coming attraction.

Mickey, Machete and Juliet

Jon Eig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I haven't seen Captain Phillips yet. Obviously, it's the best new movie of the week. Its 8 on IMDb dwarfs the three new movies I did see, which average a 5.5. All in all, a rather dreary week.

LA Elba... Banishment

Peter Mehlman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

If you live in L.A., credibility is all you have. Not your personal or professional credibility -- but your movie recommendation credibility. A sterling reputation for great taste in movies is the L.A. equivalent of an spick-and-span credit rating.

Is Thanks for Sharing an Honest Look Inside Sex Addiction Recovery?

Robert Weiss | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Robert Weiss

The new film Thanks for Sharing, along with Shame and hopefully Don Jon, which releases Sept. 27, are a great leap forward in our public understanding of the very real problem of sexual addiction.

Wadjda: A Girl Who Changes the World on Her Bicycle

Dr Eylem Atakav | Posted 10.23.2013 | Entertainment
Dr Eylem Atakav

The first ever feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, where there are no cinemas and public spaces are segregated according to gender, is written and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour.

Film Review: Ain't Them Bodies Beautiful and Hollow

Brian Formo | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

Ain't Them Bodies Saints is meticulously constructed. With deft camerawork and a pure attention to 70s small town details, there is a fantastic, technically sound structure that director David Lowery has built.

Hannah Arendt: More Relevant Than Ever

Rick Ayers | Posted 10.02.2013 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

We can just say from the beginning that Margarethe von Trotta's new film Hannah Arendt isn't for everyone. It's a film of ideas, of philosophical debates, something not so easy to put on the screen.

Terms and Conditions May Apply Documentary: A Must See Horror Film

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Cullen Hoback's film takes us down a rabbit hole to try and answer the question: Is privacy dead? In the process, he exposes us to a massive civil liberties nightmare.

The Bling Ring: A Home Invasion Horror-Comedy

Brian Formo | Posted 08.13.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

It'll be interesting to see how Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, is viewed in a decade. The true events of the film -- a group of teens easily trespassing and stealing from celebrities that took place over a ten-month period in 2009 to 2010 -- already feels a little dated.

Love, Sex & Missed Connections (Film Review)

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Is 2013 The Year of the Kickstarted Movie? True, movies both short and long have been funded in whole or in part by the Kickstarter website before this year.

To the Wonder Is to Wonder About Terrence Malick

Brian Formo | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

"Where other movies have fans, Malick's produce disciples." I am in the beyond a fan camp; his films have affected me in ways that other films never really have, in awe, in sorrow and in longing. I am in Malick's pulpit until the end.

See Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, a Documentary About Wounded Veterans Doing Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.

Profs Break Down 'Looper'

Posted 02.11.2013 | College

Professors Kevin Taylor Anderson and Salman Hameed of "Film Autopsy" try to figure out the time-travel, sci-fi film "Looper," starring Joseph Gordon-L...

Chasing Ice, Go See the Movie!

Stacy Bare | Posted 01.06.2013 | Entertainment
Stacy Bare

In a new film, Chasing Ice, which was an official selection at Sundance last year, now makes its public debut on November 9th in New York City, James Balog's quest to document the physical imagery of climate change is brought to life.