Monday, August 5 2013
The found footage film is less immersive than it is distinctly designed, continually reminding viewers of the ways movies are made, how they shape your experience.
Friday, August 2 2013
It may be beside the point (of a graphic-novel-based movie about men with lots of guns) to worry about the girl's part in this fantasy.
What high school partier Sutter can't realize is that being 18 and in love with the perfect, nerdish Aimee may be the high point of his life.
Computer Chess maintains filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's distance from the mainstream even as it represents a major departure from his previous work.
Thursday, August 1 2013
Home movies in the White House can't help but be about more than the people who shoot them and the people who appear in them, more than home and more than movies.
Wednesday, July 31 2013
Sheryl Swoopes' journey has included many turns, some sudden and some not so sudden.
Tuesday, July 30 2013
John Marshall's remarkable documentary If It Fits reveals the cycles of political promises and consequences in shrewd, unfussy juxtapositions.
Monday, July 29 2013
The movie develops Logan as a complex individual, rather than just using him as to provide still more X-Men backstory and empty action.
Friday, July 26 2013
The To Do List is mostly a straight-up teenage sex comedy, with the requisite crude language and bawdy acts.
Blue Jasmine is a portrait of a woman unsympathetic in so many ways, but nonetheless touching in her utter loss.
Thursday, July 25 2013
Along with snowboarder Kevin Pearce's accident and remarkable recovery, the film looks at the institutional structure and risks of extreme sports -- as a business.
Wednesday, July 24 2013
Évocateur makes the case for Downey's innovation and his insight into his audience, as it shows that his capacity for manipulation and his serial self-reinventions are simultaneously horrifying and estimable.
This film makes clear the thrill of freediving in some sensational underwater shots, arranged in split screens so that time ticks away while you see the athletes at work from various angles.
Monday, July 22 2013
The religious subtext in The Conjuring is at once provocative and minor.
Friday, July 19 2013
Blackfish -- an advocacy film in the best sense of the word -- makes the persuasive case that this whale and others suffer ongoing trauma at the hands of the humans who keep them.
Everyone looks to be having fun in Red 2, an action film that doesn’t feel the need to brood.
Tuesday, July 16 2013
The idea that sports both reflect and transform their broader contexts is at the center of the documentary Let Them Wear Towels.
Monday, July 15 2013
Berberian Sound Studio is a dazzling display of the ingenuity of sound engineers. It's also an ode to the giallo tradition that slowly evolves into a surrealistic exploration of the line between art and life.
Friday, July 12 2013
The opening footage is shaky, blurry, and when at last you hear a gunshot, you know this is the sound of 22-year-old Oscar Gran's life ending.
The realness of Mako (Rinko Kikuchi)'s trauma functions on multiple levels, and the image of Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) visibly walking into it is multiply disconcerting.