Chuck Wilson has been writing freelance movie reviews for the LA Weekly and, subsequently, the Village Voice, since 1997. Each year, Chuck writes “Disney: A Year of Animation” for Chronicle Books and is the editor of their two-volume The Art of Disney Postcards. (He never reviews Disney films!) He is a member of the Los Angeles Critics Association.
4 days ago | Film and TV
"Little devil. Heaven help me," declares Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman) as he stares down at the stray dog he can't quite shake. As this small gem opens, the 22-year-old Somali refugee, living in Minneapolis, gets kicked out by his mother, argues with ...
11 days ago | Film and TV
On the air, David "Danger Dave" Patrone (Don Scimé), host of the Buffalo radio show Gay Talk, is whip-smart and caustically funny. Outside the studio, he's timid and sad. The only person he can really talk to is his sister Katie (Antoinette LaVecc...
18 days ago | Film Reviews
In this hokey but effective adaptation of Katherine Paterson's 1978 young-adult novel, thirteen-year-old Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse), who's spent her life in foster care, arrives at the Maryland home of Maime Trotter (Kathy Bates), a bighearted...
1 month ago | Film and TV
In the superb coming-of-age drama of Closet Monster, the thoughts of high school senior Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup) are never far from Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), the hamster he's had since his traumatic boyhood. Oscar's mother (Joanne ...
3 months ago | Film and TV
In his lovely new film, Argentine director Daniel Burman mixes reality with fiction in inventive ways. In Buenos Aires, there's a Jewish aid foundation run by a legendary figure known only as Usher. Burman sends the fictional Ariel (Alan Sabbagh, ...
4 months ago | Film and TV
If your city’s power grid shuts down this summer, it may be a brownout, or it may be an act of cyber-warfare — a straight-out-of-Hollywood scenario that suddenly seems scarily possible thanks to the labyrinthine story director Alex Gibney tells in...