Tuesday, February 4 2014
Anne Fontaine seems merely satisfied with having her movie linger between scandal and hedonism.
Monday, February 3 2014
Both Hail Mary and For Ever Mozart present us with Godard at the peak of his powers as a provocateur and a master of the medium.
Thursday, January 30 2014
Ender's Game asks a lot of the audience in the areas of suspension of disbelief and character development, but when the film delivers, it can be satisfying.
If Superbad and The World's End had a lovechild raised by H.G. Wells and Leatherface, it would be the emotionally charged Plus One.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Tequan Richmond gives a chilling and authentic performance, with all the tenderness of youth, and all the brutality that resides in the darkest corners of the mind.
Jack Lemmon is the middle-class, middle-American, totally befuddled Everyman in The April Fools and The War Between Men and Women.
Tuesday, January 28 2014
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange changed our world. Yet the story put on film, The Fifth Estate, is not nearly controversial enough.
Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel is a perfect example of how a flowing, Beat classic can be transcribed to the screen with its spirit intact.
Monday, January 27 2014
The Jackass ne’er do wells keep trying to squeeze another penny from the working class world of jerry-rigged skate ramps, overflowing testosterone, and homoerotic pranks.
A.C.O.D. is a movie with a lot of characters, and a lot of talent on hand to embody those characters. Too many and too much.
Friday, January 24 2014
This creature feature, based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, might have been more amazing had the makers not taken such pains to borrow from Edgar Allan Poe.
Wednesday, January 22 2014
In the hands of James Ponsoldt, The Spectacular Now becomes a teen movie that resembles real life more than other teen movies.
While the premise is certainly exciting, the action in Raise the Titanic is hardly unsinkable.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
Rare is the film that strives for rhapsodic innovation and achieves it without fail, but Mexican auteur Reygadas strives for such distinction, and mostly achieves it.
Cat People plays somewhere between exploitation and a fever dream, with the additional gore and extra-additional sexuality that couldn't be depicted 40 years earlier.
Monday, January 20 2014
Machete Cortez is back... and so over-the-top, he literally floats away.
Texas's the Gourds? Decent band, hard-working, reputable, and not quite ready for the big screen.
Friday, January 17 2014
Backup singers don’t usually get to be in the spotlight, but 20 Feet from Stardom finally puts them front and center in this captivating documentary about pop music’s unsung heroes.
Thursday, January 16 2014
To what extent is Grant responsible for his life, and to what extent is he a product of a larger culture and society that thrives and survives on the institutional racism against African-Americans?
Those who grew up on the best of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan will have problems with the too jokey Shaolin Warrior, which looks like it was shot using Instagram.