The Painter and the Thief

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF Review – An Interesting Art Doc That Steals Too Much of Your Time

The Painter and the Thief Review  — Film Critic Staci Layne Wilson says this award-winning documentary is “a brave and unflinching interpretation of an unusual, true tale.” Five years ago in Oslo, two huge paintings by a relatively unknown artist, Barbora Kysilkova, were stolen from a prominent gallery. They were valued at a mere $20,000…

The Artist's Wife Review

THE ARTIST’S WIFE Review – This Flick Paints a Rich, Layered Picture

The Artist’s Wife review – Staci Layne Wilson says the combination of Lena Olin and Bruce Dern makes this slow-burn movie worth watching. In the new drama The Artist’s Wife, Lena Olin (Hunters) plays the title character, Claire Smythson. She lives a wealthy, idle life in the Hamptons while her husband, a famous abstract artist,…

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SWEET SUNSHINE Review – A Much-Needed Feel Good Flick

Sweet Sunshine Review — Are you ready for some sweet schmaltz? Many of us could use some right now. Sweet Sunshine, an indie film shot entirely in Arizona using local talent, follows the ups and downs of young country singer TJ Millhouse (John Way) as he navigates the pitfalls of fame and contends with family, love,…

The Hunt review

The Hunt Review – Let the Gory Games Begin!

The Hunt Review — Staci Layne Wilson says while its brutality is extreme, it’s worth a look on the big screen if you’re a fan of the genre. The Hunt begins when a small group of strangers wakes up from a drug-induced doze, finding themselves in a grassy meadow with a large wooden crate in its…

Ride Like a Girl review

RIDE LIKE A GIRL Review —This Family-Friendly Film Trots Out the Girl Power

Ride Like a Girl review — Critic Staci Layne Wilson, who is also an accomplished equestrian, says it’s a triple crown winner of a family flick. Rachel Griffiths, mostly known as an actor (Six Feet Under) directs a plucky Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) in Ride Like a Girl, the inspiring true story of jockey Michelle…

amazing stories

AMAZING STORIES Review – Apple Takes a Bite of 80s Sci-Fi Nostalgia

Amazing Stories review — Here’s hoping this Steven Speilberg anthology series reboot picks up steam. If you were around in the 1980s, then you may remember Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. The Emmy-winning anthology television series was based on a beloved monthly magazine that brought readers the best in sci-fi and speculative fiction (with the occasional…

Once Were Brothers

ONCE WERE BROTHERS Review — Robbie Robertson and The Band in an Electrifying and Edifying Music Documentary

Once Were Brothers review — the story of a rock group, not too different from many stories of rock groups, but a fascinating and at times heart-wrenching tale. The Band, led by Robbie Robertson, lasted less than a decade, but the group’s influence is undeniably eternal. They backed Bob Dylan when he went electric, inspired the…

The Lodge review

THE LODGE Review – Snow Problem

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Lodge review says it’s both chilling and chilly — a cold winter’s must-see. If you like weird, wintry chillers, then The Lodge should be on your list of must-sees. Using a harsh and unforgiving landscape as the backdrop to an isolated dwelling to great effect (think: The Shining or The Thing),…

The Gentlemen review

THE GENTLEMEN Review — a Criminally Insane Comedy of Manners

Staci Layne Wilson’s The Gentlemen review says it’s a testosterone-soaked love-fest with a killer cast. While one may think more of Noël Coward or Robert Altman when it comes to classic comedies of manner, writer-director Guy Ritchie certainly deserves a place at the table with his newest action thriller, The Gentlemen. This frenetic flick depicts…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Review – Strange Brew

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review — Cutesy with a touch of genocide, it’s a curious curveball from Disney. While this movie is called Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, it’s mostly about the now-awakened Sleeping Beauty and princess-to-be Aurora (a cloying Elle Fanning). Maleficent (a commanding Angelina Jolie) skulks about with enormous CG batwings here and there…

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