Labyrinth of Lies

Labyrinth of Lies

In 1958 West Germany, the average person had never heard of Auschwitz. When a teacher at an elementary school in Munich–a former Nazi guard who had murdered people at Auschwitz–is ID’d by a Holocaust survivor, a young DA begins an investigation into how many former Nazis hold jobs and positions of importance despite a law that […]


101 Reykjavik

101 Reykjavik

Ever wonder what a slice of life looks like in Iceland? Start with Baltasar Kormákur’s award-winning black comedy, 101 Reykjavik. Hlyner is a 30-year-old slacker who lives with his divorced mother in a stifling apartment in Reykjavik. He spends his days wandering about town looking for a job (kinda sorta) and, during the frigid blustery […]


The Accountant

The Accountant

This was not the movie I was expecting…it was SO MUCH better.  From the previews it looked like a damsel in distress love story, therefore making it not all that interesting but, I assure you, it’s not.  Ben Affleck stars as an autistic accountant with certain murderous extra-curricular activities.  It sounds intriguing enough, but the […]


Son-in-Law

Son-in-Law

This is, by far, my most favorite fish out of water story.  Becca, a farm girl from South Dakota determined to make a new start for herself by attending college in LA.  When she gets there, she realizes she is completely uncomfortable with the California lifestyle; she misses her boyfriend, her grandpa, and her home. Enter […]


Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger is Die Hard in the mountains. Stallone stars as a Rocky Mountain Rescue worker called to help five climbers stranded on the mountain.  In the process, he discovers the call is actually a trap set by a thief played by John Lithgow (who is wonderfully evil). Crazy action adventure ensues with the added tension of the […]


Con Air

Con Air

I’m going to say it – this is the greatest action movie ever made.  It’s got humor, it’s got violence, it’s got Nicholas Cage and John Malkovich with a side of crazy Steve Buscemi.  Need I say more?  This follows the story of Cameron Poe, an Army Ranger serving time for accidental manslaughter, on his […]


Wild Tales

Wild Tales

Ah, sweet revenge. But is it? In this highly original collection of six short films, Damian Szifron explores the all too human emotional stew pot that getting even entails. Fury, self righteousness, smug satisfaction, along with a cascade of endorphin-producing actions are portrayed by a variety of ordinary people responding irrationally to unfair parking tickets, […]


Burnt Money (Plata quemada)

Burnt Money (Plata quemada)

The indie Argentine film Burnt Money, directed Marcelo Piñeyro, is an action thriller adapted from Ricardo Piglia’s novel Plata Quemada. The film Burnt Money is based on the famous real-life robbery of a Buenos Aires bank in 1965 and its bloody aftermath. Ángel and “El Nene” are lovers. They are also ruthless criminals who border […]


Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions

This late 90’s reinterpretation of Dangerous Liaisons is everything.  To a high school girl, this movie had sex, scandal, and Ryan Phillipe.  But the story endures, so it isn’t purely a teenybopper flick – the classic French story is transported to the Upper East Side in this drama of seduction, loss of innocence, and love. […]


The First Monday in May

The First Monday in May

Every year, the Met Gala is a place where fashion and culture collide.  In 2015, the Met paired with Vogue Magazine (as it has since 1995) to collaborate on the Gala highlighting the accompanying exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass.  This documentary allows unprecedented access to The Costume Institute as the Met, Vogue, world-renowned designers, […]