Tuesday, December 31 2013
Taken as the silly farce that it is, Zombie Hamlet can be a very funny film about what not to do in a Shakespeare adaptation.
Monday, December 30 2013
Politics and art collide in Robert Altman’s dense tapestry, showing that part of American’s beguiling promise is the inevitability of commodification.
Friday, December 27 2013
Prince Avalanche isn't mined for cheap laughs any more than Green's '80s influenced studio comedies were self-conscious throwbacks.
Thursday, December 26 2013
If you are patient you will be rewarded with intellectual stimulation, and a tone of general strangeness that will creep insidiously under your skin.
Tuesday, December 24 2013
Although abuse had been regularly covered since the '90s, Gibney’s film delivers convincing proof that the Vatican had known about it for decades, and refused to take action against the offending priests.
Monday, December 23 2013
In City Lights, Chaplin introduced parody and satire to a moment that was supremely serious, and we owe him more than we realize for the saving power of modern irony.
Even in this tech-dominated age, the fixed eyes and features of the Muppets remain expressive and alluring.
Friday, December 20 2013
Drake Doremus continues to mature as a striking young writer and director, showing in this latest film that he is still preoccupied with the fallibility of human relationships.
Thursday, December 19 2013
Depp riffs on Buster Keaton, performing ridiculous feats of derring-do (including riding a horse through a train, which Verbinski makes look about as believable as possible), and train cars hurtle past each other with perfect timing.
The rare documentary that captures its subjects honestly while revealing the filmmakers' intentions with candor and humor, Le joli mai continues to charm and enlighten a half-century on.
Wednesday, December 18 2013
The best sequence follows Frances running, leaping, and dancing down the streets of Manhattan to the tune of David Bowie's "Modern Love".
Tuesday, December 17 2013
What sets Crawlspace apart from other such horror films is the story role by the actor who seems to have a doctorate in professional creepiness, Klaus Kinski.
Monday, December 16 2013
Programs like BBC Two’s The Fall should be commended for doing everything “wrong” in terms of pleasing the demands of commercial television.
The gender politics in Mary Poppins are regressive, surely, but they’re also a product of their time and can easily fly under the radar, especially for young viewers.
Friday, December 13 2013
Four films starring, or more accurately including, Vivien Leigh,only intermittently register the star power she brought to her American productions, though her collaborators acquit themselves well.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Although this lacks some of the teeth of its source material, it is a powerful document nonetheless, buoyed by outstanding performances and a straightforward, no-nonsense visual style.
The two-disc, Blu-Ray release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones really, really wants you to be absorbed in that world.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
This "Rich Mahogany Edition" of Anchorman features lots of bonus stuff, including an extended cut and the supplemental film, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.
Yes, The Beast Within is about a shape-shifting insect kid who runs around attacking people while still wearing his letterman’s jacket.
Despite containing any number of intriguing moments, A History From Behind the Lens fails to provide a coherent overview of the art form.