Wednesday, June 4 2014
In this otherwise predictable film, James Cagney paved a path for future performers and the DIY ethic.
In More than a Miracle, we have no hope that the whole countryside must live happily ever after.
Tuesday, June 3 2014
The grand-daddy of college comedies, The Freshman makes a compelling case for the relevance of silent film.
Aimed at younger viewers, this BFI period collection about runaways and tearaways manages a good mix of entertainment, education and social commentary.
Monday, June 2 2014
Even a so-so Marx Brothers film is better than no Marx Brothers film, right?
Friday, May 30 2014
Liam Neeson's career reinvention continues as he becomes our generation's Cary Grant in the efficient, streamlined thriller Non-Stop.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
There was a time when the approach to animation was “less is more”, and it worked very well, indeed.
Friday, May 23 2014
Clio Barnard's vision of the terrenely paradise described by Oscar Wilde has less to do with romanticism and everything to do with escapism.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.
Tuesday, May 20 2014
Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.
Monday, May 19 2014
Series creator Rob Thomas fashioned Veronica Mars as a reunion movie, for both the audience and the characters.
Friday, May 16 2014
The Blu-ray extras here are quite good, but of course, the film is an enduring, hilarious classic for those with that Mel Brooks and Monty Python-like sensibility.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?
Wednesday, May 14 2014
If only for its artistic value, Breaking the Waves will always be a reminder that we can come in touch with the divine even when we’re unsure of its existence.
For this strange woman, every selfish action is balanced by a selfless one.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
Shelter Island is the sort of film that can take audiences who know nothing about art or care nothing for it and make them feel something.
Monday, May 12 2014
Nothing is ever quite as it seems in this dramatic tale of art, love, fear and deceit.
Friday, May 9 2014
An Unreal Dream explores the personal journey of one man in devastating circumstances, and proves itself to be more enlightening than one might imagine.
Thursday, May 8 2014
The very unevenness of these early projects bespeaks a filmmaker who sets about very precisely to be ambiguous.
Wednesday, May 7 2014
These crime thrillers tell their stories via a talking city, a mechanical man, a bilious little rodent of a man, and even a soundtrack with Hawaiian guitars.