Download Movie David Crosby: Remember My Name movie review (2019) | Roger Ebert

A.J. Eaton’s “David Crosby: Remember My Name” was one of the most acclaimed hits at Sundance this year, and I recall what a critic friend told me about the reaction to the film he saw there. “Millennials seemed to love it,” he said with a note of amazement in his voice. His surprise was understandable.…

Download Movie Armstrong movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

Devotees of films about the U.S. space program will need to do a thought experiment to immerse themselves in “Armstrong,” David Fairhead’s documentary about the life and mind of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon.  The movie is sleek, smart, and reasonably thorough, and it offers the enticement of never-before-seen home movies provided…

Download Movie Sword of Trust movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

“Sword of Trust,” about a group of eccentrics trying to sell an antique sword to some scary and dangerous people, is a throwback to the kind of rambling, character-driven, micro-budgeted indie flicks that used to be all over theaters in the 1990s.  Marc Maron plays Mel, the owner of a Birmingham, Alabama pawn shop who goes on…

Download Movie Crawl movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

How could anyone forget 2010’s wildly hilarious gore-fest “Piranha 3D” and its gross-out buffet of dismembered spring-breakers? Don’t anticipate a comparable dose of gory schlock flood in the white-knuckled gator movie“Crawl” from the same director. Instead, expect a tone anchored somewhere between a relentless thriller with various satisfying (if not predictable) jolts and a summer flick that only tentatively dips its toes into deliberate silliness, scared to fully go into the water. You might at times find yourself…

Download Movie The Farewell movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

“The Farewell” announces at the beginning that it’s “based on an actual lie,” but the meaningful truths it reveals couldn’t be more poignant or powerful. And while writer/director Lulu Wang’s film is obviously personal and culturally specific, it achieves a universality and a resonance through its vivid depiction of a family in the midst of…

Download Movie Share movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

“I try to find a cinematic language that shifts from the male gaze to the female experience—not the female gaze because for me, as a woman, it’s not ever about the gaze, it’s about the experience.”   Deborah Kampmeier Pippa Bianco’s debut feature, “Share,” based on her own 2015 Cannes prize-winning short of the same name, was greeted with considerable acclaim…

Download Movie For Sama movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

It’s commonly thanks to individuals with insatiable journalistic instincts that the history of families, cities or entire nations gets preserved through visual and written evidence. In the shattering “For Sama”—the most harrowingly intimate and arguably, the best documentary to date on the Syrian conflict—rebel Waad al-Kateab is one such woman born with that restless impulse…

Download Movie The Great Hack movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

There’s a moment in the Netflix documentary “The Great Hack” where someone brings up controversial social experiments like Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. These were psychological projects meant to test the limits of human nature, empathy and good old fashioned common sense. They measured how far the deck needed to be stacked before the…

Download Movie Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood movie review (2019) | Roger Ebert

The title of the ninth film by Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” is meant to recall Sergio Leone’s masterpiece “Once Upon a Time in the West.” It’s a nod to the Western genre influence on Tarantino’s latest—both structurally and in the actual plot—and the way movies about the Old West play with…

Download Movie Who Killed Garrett Phillips? movie review (2019) | Roger Ebert

Liz Garbus’ HBO docuseries “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” asks a question in its title that it not only can’t answer but doesn’t seem particularly interested in doing so. This is not a typical crime documentary, which often presents a murder in the context of its likeliest suspect. What struck me while watching Garbus’ excellent series…

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