Run Time: 1:29
U.S. Home Release Date: 2024-03-21
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Drama
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari

History has decreed that "Umberto D." is one of the best representations of neo-realism committed to film, presenting believably human characters and avoiding sentimentality in telling their stories.

A spectacle to behold with an underlying arc that makes it more satisfying than a 2 1/2-hour bite of eye candy.

"Origin" offers plenty to ponder and argue; the result is powerful and compelling.

An uncommonly perceptive and thought-provoking procedural that ponders the unknowability of any objective truth.

A breathtaking motion picture that enthralls across the length of its 140+ minute running time.

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2023-12-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Sakura Ando, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa, Hinata Hiiragi, Yuko Tanaka

Challenging but neither inaccessible nor impossibly dense; director Kore-eda invites intellectual engagement but does not leave the viewer unrewarded.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2023-12-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Animated/Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura, Shohei Hino, Ko Shibasaki

"The Boy and the Heron" is a wonderful gift for everyone who expected "The Wind Rises" to be the swansong of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Challenges the kind of by-the-numbers approach that has dominated multiplex fare this year; it is brave, unconventional, and unique.

This is epic filmmaking and a reminder that the kinds of characters who have long fascinated Scorsese do not exist exclusively on the mean streets of modern-day America.

It may rely on numerous common science fiction concepts but it blends them in a way that feels original, offering a satisfying ending that does not demand additional installments.