Friday, April 18 2014
Even when darker in subject matter, Jan Svankmajer's films all retain an element of joyousness and childlike wonder.
Thursday, April 17 2014
This is a fascinating glimpse into an exploratory, identity-forming period before even Soderbergh himself seemed to have a handle on his erratic muse.
Kermit the Frog may have said it’s not easy being green, but this entertaining documentary shows that it’s sure not easy being a ginger, either.
Wednesday, April 16 2014
Even now, after countless reviews and essays, it's easy to be captivated by the way Godard obfuscates our expectations for cinematic art.
The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted.
Tuesday, April 15 2014
There is only one place to find the social acuity of Jane Austen and the inquisitive intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock, and that is in a Frances Hodgson Burnett story.
Monday, April 14 2014
The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it.
Friday, April 11 2014
The greatness of Flicker Alley’s 2014 Blu-ray release of the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is evident even before the disc is slid into the player.
Thursday, April 10 2014
The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.
Wednesday, April 9 2014
Fernando Trueba has experimented with so many genres that it's obvious he's yet to determine his own cinematic identity.
Tuesday, April 8 2014
During a brittle August, the battle for familial control flares when Barbara confronts her iron-willed mother in the aftermath of a family crisis. If only they didn’t have to be so loud about it.
Monday, April 7 2014
A shapeshifter, gigantic spiders, and a barrel-battle escape create exhilarating suspense in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but best of all is a deliciously devious incendiary beast.
Friday, April 4 2014
Even the fiercest non-believer will see a flash of the truly divine in this Cecil B. DeMille epic.
Thursday, April 3 2014
Scene for scene, American Hustle may be most David O. Russell's most aesthetically pleasing film.
There's a big difference between being intentionally ridiculous and coming out hilariously self-aware and being intentionally ridiculous and succeeding in being bad.
Wednesday, April 2 2014
Now the highest grossing animated film in history, there's no denying a certain appeal to Disney's Frozen. That doesn't make it a quality film, though.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are a joy to watch in Saving Mr. Banks, a sweet but worthwhile Disney film about the making of Mary Poppins.
Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and director Martin Wallace join forces to breathe new vibrancy into a living history of glowing foundries, smoking chimneys and toiling men.
Tuesday, April 1 2014
I didn't expect Anchorman 2 to be something the first Anchorman was not at all: a relevant, and dare I even say intelligent, satire on the state of news reporting in the US.
Monday, March 31 2014
Beneath has the tools to be a good horror flick: stranded teens; the decline of judgment in the face of terror; severed limbs; lots of blood.