Girls Corralled in “Mustang”

By Skip Sheffield “Mustang” is a curious name for a movie that is not about a horse or a car, but five young sisters living in the repressive Islamic culture of Turkey. The story, written by director Deniz Gamze Erugven with Alice Winocour, begins on a summer afternoon when the five sisters are let out of school with a group of friends. They go More...

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By Online Staff On Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Love Amidst the Holocaust

By Skip Sheffield “Closed Season” is set in Germany during World War II, but it is not about the Holocaust. It has a German couple, a young Jewish man and a Nazi officer as main characters, but it is still More...

By Online Staff On Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Yes, “The Hateful Eight” Is

By Skip Sheffield You can’t accuse Quentin Tarantino of false advertising. “The Hateful Eight” is about as hateful a movie as you are likely to see this or any year. Set a few years after the War Between More...

By Online Staff On Friday, January 8th, 2016

Bring Matt Damon Home

By Skip Sheffield What is it with Earthlings and the planet Mars? Of all the planets, Mars seems to fascinate us most, and that includes filmmakers. As a matter of fact one of the earliest Edison films was “A More...

By Online Staff On Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Leo DiCaprio Roughs It in “The Revenant”

By Skip Sheffield One-time pretty boy Leonardo DiCaprio is all grown up and all manned up for his role as rugged frontiersman, Hugh Glass, in “The Revenant.” There is little doubt DiCaprio will be nominated More...

By Online Staff On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A “Trumbo” for Our Times

By Skip Sheffield The black-listing of brilliant, award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo for his political views by the House Un-American Activities Committee happened while I was still in diapers. All I knew More...

By Online Staff On Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Will Smith Fires Dire Warning in “Concussion”

By Skip Sheffield Confession, I never much liked football, and it’s not because I could never make the team or even play the game. This puts me squarely on the side of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the hero of “Concussion.” More...

By Online Contributor On Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

A Valentine to Teachers Everywhere

By Skip Sheffield “Take it, feel it, pass it on,” was the motto of Mr. Hector, a much-loved teacher at a boy’s private school in northern England, 1986. Mr. Hector, played by Colin McPhillamy, is the central More...

By Online Staff On Thursday, November 19th, 2015
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Short on Inspiration? Try “My All American”

By Skip Sheffield Every so often we get an inspirational sports movie. For this year we have “My All American,” based on the book “Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story.” Freddie Steinmark More...

By Online Staff On Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

“Spectre” Ups James Bond’s Ante as He Visits the Past

By Skip Sheffield Bigger explosions. Crazier stunts. Faster chases. Gorier fights in more exotic locations. And of course those sexy Bond girls. “Spectre” follows a time-tested formula and ups the ante. This More...