Wings (1966)

As promised in the last issue in my review of The Ascent, here is a brief look at another of Russian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko’s films. Wings was her first film after graduating from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, reputed to be the oldest film school in the world.  Such subsequent Soviet greats as Andrei …

Ezra (2023)

Director Tony Goldwyn’s film, scripted by Tony Spiridakis, presents us with a fractured family in New Jersey dealing with an autistic son. Ezra (William Fitzgerald) is an 11-year-old boy with a brilliant mind, but one so wired that he lives in a different emotional world from everyone else. He cannot bare to be touched, and …

IF (2024)

Writer/director John Krasinski’s fantasy offers a great opportunity for a family with children to enjoy an outing at the local theater. A tale of recapturing one’s childhood imagination as we grow up,  it is a delightful blend of live actors and animated characters that in one way might remind you of Toy Story. Twelve-year-old Bea …