Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge, Eli Goree and Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami”. Photo: Amazon Prime

Quick Take: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Often arresting; Leslie Odom, Jr. is the cast’s stand-out.


Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway in “The Lavender Hill Mob”. Photo: Ealing Studios

Review: THE LAVENDER HILL MOB

An excellent little film whose tone and ingredients would be improved upon in Ealing’s finest comedy a few years later, The Ladykillers.


Damson Idris and Anthony Mackie in “Outside the Wire”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: OUTSIDE THE WIRE

Hardly profound, but intense at times. 




Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra and Adarsh Gourav in “The White Tiger”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: THE WHITE TIGER

This portrait of the despicable Indian caste system is detailed, insightful and very engaging.


ShiaLaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces of a Woman”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: PIECES OF A WOMAN

Frequently engrossing thanks to a superb cast: Kirby in the lead and Burstyn as the imposing mother.


Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O’Heir, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Retta, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott in “Parks and Recreation”. Photo: NBC

Review: PARKS AND RECREATION

The series made stars of several actors who were perfect for their parts.




Anatoli Solonitsyn in “Andrei Rublev”. Photo: Mosfilm

Review: ANDREI RUBLEV

As a portrait of Rublev’s life, Tarkovsky offers something free from historical restraints.


Roberto Benigni and Giorgio Cantarini in “Life Is Beautiful”. Photo: Miramax

Review: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

The scenes in the concentration camp are among the film’s most memorable, but they constantly run the risk of ringing false.