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.
Wednesday, January 15 2014
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's seminal experimental film is an interesting synthesis of rigorous feminist film theory and avant-garde sound and music.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
Best viewed on a home theater system with the knobs cranked all the way up, Peter Strickland's rendering of old-school post-production offers pleasurable background viewing but little of lasting resonance.
There was no escaping his fate, but he could orchestrate his remaining time on his own terms.
Friday, January 10 2014
Thursday, January 9 2014
This is a horror movie that understands that horror lies in the mysteries and particularities of human behavior.
Withdrawn from a world that has changed around them so steadfastly that coping would be an embarrassment too ghastly to imagine, the Beales stay put in Grey Gardens.
Wednesday, January 8 2014
Ain't Them Bodies Saints has been compared to Terrence Malick’s work, because both display a keen eye for capturing the beauty of nature. That’s where the similarities end.
Everything in this film is right there on the surface for us to see. Nothing is left to the imagination.
Tuesday, January 7 2014
This new box set of all four Jack Ryan films features proves it's hard to resist everyone's favorite CIA analyst turned field agent.
Monday, January 6 2014
Elysium's ambitions are undeniable. It's just a shame the same can't be said for the plot or characters.
The Berlin File bogs down its moments of expressive filmmaking with long stretches of talk, talk, talk.
Friday, January 3 2014
Criterion's Blu-ray re-release of Tokyo Story situates it in the context of Yasujiro Ozu's life and career, his most accessible work, yet one which still holds back secrets.
Thursday, January 2 2014
The cinematography by Roger Deakins turns ordinary sights like rainy streets, car-following shots, and rain-streaked windows into recurring visual motifs, and he paints beautifully with the light and shadow of cars in the rain.
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.
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.