Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly>.
The writer/director Dan Gilroy's Roman J. Israel, Esq. is quite fearlessly obvious, a character piece about precisely what it announces in its opening seconds. The film opens in a fit of melodrama, with Washington's Israel -- a stammering,...
12 days ago | Film and TV
For all its quiet fury, Alias Grace is above all else a superior dramatic mystery.
Covering just a couple of years of a president's life, and building to the climactic passage of significant legislation, Rob Reiner's LBJ is assembled on the chassis of Lincoln but rather than soul, it runs on flop sweat. Despite...
18 days ago | Film and TV
Director Rob Reiner offers us an American presidency to escape to.
20 days ago | Film and TV
This piece has spoilers for the first six episodes of the second season of Stranger Things.
At war movies today, with our wars themselves gone FUBAR, what audiences get invited to take pride in is what our boys do for each other -- and how much they suffer for it.
Writer/director Jason Hall's pained and earnest Thank You For...