Movie Reviews

‘Transcendence’ yet another odd role for talented Johnny Depp

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 Johnny Depp has been getting a lot of grief lately for hiding behind a series of quirky characters to make a living, i.e. Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, the Mad Hatter, Captain Jack Sparrow and/or... more

Disney film follows brown bear mom and cubs on hunt for food

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 Every time I see one of these Disneynature films, I’m amazed at how these cinematographers got these extraordinary pictures.Fortunately, they’ve had other people ask them the same question, and so... more

'Honey' will capture your imagination and hold it

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 Choosing a topic like “assisted suicide” as your first directing challenge says something about the person behind the camera. It takes guts to pull off something like this, and then to give it the... more

Inspiring 'Heaven is For Real' avoids heavy-handedness

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 A couple of weeks ago, I expressed some serious disappointment over a Christian-themed film, “God’s Not Dead.” I thought it was a heavy-handed mess that stood on the shoulders of mean and nasty... more

'Finding Vivian Maier' exposes photos by reclusive artist

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 I’m convinced that the reclusive Vivian Maier, who took more than 100,000 incredible street-scene photographs during her life, would be mortified to see her work so publicly displayed. It is revealed... more

‘Dom Hemingway’: Hapless, crude and a bit precious

Michael O'Sullivan Friday, April 18, 2014 The title character of “Dom Hemingway” is a Cockney safecracker, played with Rabelaisian gusto by Jude Law. His performance — which starts at 11 and stays there — may well go down in history as one... more

Scarlett Johansson a seductive extraterrestrial in 'Under the Skin'

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 I’ve seen some strange movies in my day, but this one has to be among the wackiest, as it features Scarlett Johansson as a seductive extraterrestrial who lures lonely men to their bizarre doom in and... more

'Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2' lacks subtlety, delicacy

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 Previously on “Nymphomaniac,” Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is recovering from a beating she got at the hands of an unknown, recovering in the home of a kindly man (Stellan Skarsgard) who is intrigued... more

Art film 'Le Week-End' a bright spot among week's films

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 It’s rare to see such a brutally honest film about a retirement age husband and wife trying to cling to a struggling marriage.British couple, Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent & Lindsay Duncan) take a... more

Rumsfeld tells all in 'The Unknown Known'

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris spends several days with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, talking about his days in politics working under several presidents.... more