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.
Thursday, March 27 2014
David Gordon Green favors the elliptical over the literal and is more concerned with establishing atmosphere. Words spoken are less important than words omitted.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Throne of Blood plays with Noh's frightening incongruity, its delicacy of movement expressing mortifyingly indelicate actions, as when Washizu and Asaji deflate like punctured blow-up dolls as they resolve themselves to treason.
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton turn down the grotesque but amp up the insidious mixture of morbid comedy and genuine creepiness for this series of stand-alone tales.
Tuesday, March 25 2014
To some, the FBI's handling of MOVE screamed of the Attica prison riot; to others, it was more like the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, if you will.
The title of writer/director Craig Lahiff's Swerve is both predictably metaphorical and assertively literal, but the film itself is merely a road to nowhere.
Monday, March 24 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street becomes a frightening morality play wherein the morals worth celebrating or demonizing depend entirely upon the viewer.
Friday, March 21 2014
This unauthorized documentary offers a unique look at one of Eric Clapton's most fertile eras, but is light on the words of Clapton himself.
Thursday, March 20 2014
In Fear is moderately successful in illustrating the randomness of violence.
The monsters in Monsters look laughable, but if you're a fan of the show already, you probably won't care.
Wednesday, March 19 2014
Tess is the rare film that feels like a painting come to life, and just like a painting, allows us to see precisely what we wish to see.
Tuesday, March 18 2014
Naked As We Came doesn’t stand up well to naked intensity in any real form.