A Most Wanted Man

Directed by Anton Corbijn Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin Review: 3.5 stars (of five) A Most Wanted Man is a well-made film with a strong central performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman anchoring a very good cast. Yet I was not as taken with it...

Boyhood

Written and directed by Richard Linklater Starring:  Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Marco Perella Review:  5 stars (of five) Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a marvelous film. You should see it. When the lights came up after my screening of the 2 hour, 45-minute movie, the only thing I wanted was for the projectionist to roll it again. The film can be considered on two levels. Any film must be judged on the quality of its story (and all the elements–the acting, the direction, etc.–that tell the story). This film can also be judged by the particular gimmick or stunt that has garnered it...