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Suffused with an elegiac melancholy, the latest film from James Ponsoldt (director of 2013’s The Spectacular Now) takes as its subject not so much the late David Foster Wallace as the loneliness that suffuses life. It is a beautiful film: the biopic as paragraph. Its central mystery, seen through the eyes of a young, middlingly… Read More
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer reviews the new film Birdman, a comeback of sorts for Michael Keaton, with top-notch performances from Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone.
Two of today's top comic actors, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, give fine dramatic performances as troubled siblings in the new film The Skeleton Twins.
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer says the movie will strike a deep, true chord in anyone who has a brother or sister.
While the new film Get On Up has all the familiar Hollywood biopic clichés, it's still an exhilarating, colorful, kinetic whirlwind, according to WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer.
Made by the team who gave us The Help, this examination of James Brown's life manages to do its main job: It makes you feel the funk.
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer gives "thumbs up" to the new documentary, Life Itself, which examines the life and work of Roger Ebert, and shares how Ebert has influenced his own life.
Locke and Under the Skin, two new unconventional films set in the UK, both work variations on a theme of driving. And both show there's still some originality left in movies in 2014, according to WOUB critic Scott Pfeiffer.
Just in time for the 2014 Academy Awards, Scott Pfeiffer looks back at several of the Best Picture contenders, including The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, Nebraska, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club.
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer checks out the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, based on the early 1960s folk music scene in New York City.
WOUB film reviewer Scott Pfeiffer shares his Top 10 of '13, including Before Midnight, 56 Up and 20 Feet From Stardom.
Scott Pfeiffer reviews Woody Allen's 45th film, Blue Jasmine, a tragicomedy starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. According to Pfeiffer, it's one of Allen's strongest films in years. "I haven't stopped thinking about it," he writes.
Morgan Neville's new documentary 20 Feet from Stardom shines light on the unsung heroes of the music industry: the backup singers. WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer has a review.
For Minions maniacs! Despicable Me 2, the new animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, revisits the hapless Gru (Steve Carell), an ex-would-be evil genius and current single dad.
Director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) has reunited with several actors from his previous films and TV shows for a modern-day version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer has a review.
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer reviews Before Midnight, the latest in director Richard Linklater's Before series, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Scott Pfeiffer reviews The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, and directed by Baz Luhrman, the man behind Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet.
WOUB film critic Scott Pfeiffer reviews The Company You Keep, a political action thriller starring Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Shia LaBeouf.
Stanley Kubrick's The Shining has inspired debate among film buffs since its release in 1980.
Now a new documentary called Room 237 is spotlighting several theories about the hidden meanings behind the horror classic.
WOUB film critic Scott Pfeiffer remembers his hero Roger Ebert as a teacher, tour guide and, on one memorable occasion, an email pal.
Scott Pfeiffer checks out the latest in Michael Apted's Up Series, a series of documentary films which have followed the lives of 14 British men and women since 1964.
Scott Pfeiffer reviews Michael Haneke's Amour, a powerful film that explores the universal themes of love, aging and dying.
Amour has received several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Leading Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film.
Zero Dark Thirty tells a "truth-based" story of a young CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain) who stayed on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden throughout the "War on Terror."
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by the journalist Mark Shoals, this is the new picture from the team that brought us that pulse-pounder, The Hurt Locker.
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer reviews Django Unchained, the latest film from Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino.
WOUB contributor Scott Pfeiffer looks back at his favorite films of 2012, including Beasts of The Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom and Lincoln.
Scott Pfeiffer reviews Skyfall, the latest film in the James Bond series.
The film, which stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem, is the 23rd in the series, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Scott Pfeiffer reviews two current films that revolve around the Islamic Revolution: Ben Affleck's Argo and Bahman Gobadi's Rhino Season.