Dan Gertler reviews: The Last King of Scotland

Bored by the suburban life that awaits him upon graduating from medical school, Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) travels to Africa to seek adventure and joins a missionary clinic in Uganda. Unfamiliar with the nation’s politics and history, Garrigan falls into the welcoming hands of the new African president, Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker), who asks…

Dan Gertler reviews: Seven

Seven, as in the Seven Deadly Sins that the perverted, tragically and incredibly intelligent murderer inflicts upon his victims in their dying moments. This film is not for those with weak stomachs. It is excessively graphic and emotionally disturbing. But if you manage to move beyond the immediate horror and reach the level of reflection…

Dan Gertler reviews: The Oscars

Gather round all you film lovers for the greatest event of the year: the Oscars. This year’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 28 in Hollywood and will be hosted by Chris Rock. If you are a movie enthusiast like me you might feel ambivalent about the whole idea of choosing one…

Dan Gertler reviews: Spy

If you’re looking for an action movie that is both hard core and hilarious look no further. Spy is not only one of the funniest movies made in the last couple of years, it also manages to turn the classic James Bond style into a sophisticated modern film with women as the leading characters.  The…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Fight Club

Two of the greatest actors of our time come together in a celebration of violence and cynicism under which lies a profound social criticism? I wouldn’t miss it for the world. True, some may say this 1999 David Fincher film is for boys-only, but it need not be. There is more to the film than…

Dan Gertler Reviews: Django Unchained

You may be thinking – just another movie about slavery. Here’s why you are wrong. First of all, this is a Tarantino film, which means it has high expectations to live up to (and it does). Second, this is not the usual victim-assailant film. Just as Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards, this is a proper…