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.
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.