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 and Dallas Observer.
12 Strong is in many ways a throwback. Here's a somewhat boisterous adventure, a movie set in our desert wars where you cheer not just for the boys to make it home but for them to complete the mission itself. It tells a heightened and...
7 days ago | Film Reviews
When these performers get the chance to exchange dialogue, to react to each other rather than declaim the movie’s themes, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool rouses to life
Greg Barker's engaging and resolutely un-dishy travelogue, The Final Year, finds a film crew trailing President Barack Obama and several cabinet members and staffers — Samantha Power, U.N. ambassador; Secretary of State John Kerry;...
14 days ago | Film Reviews
Like Reinhardt playing that party in Thonon-les-Bains, on the border between France and Switzerland, Django director Etienne Comar refuses the limitations imposed on him
Late in Django, a proudly fictionalized improvisation upon the theme of Django Reinhardtness, the world's most famous gypsy-jazz guitar virtuoso gets told by a Nazi what he and his combo can and can't play at the 1943 concert they've been...
1 month ago | Film Reviews
Any thinking person watching Downsizing is 10 steps ahead of Damon’s blinkered schlub, and watching him piece together the bare facts about how this future America works — and how our America works today — makes for a frustrating sit