Wednesday, June 11 2014
Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, Akira Kurosawa's superb and influential Japanese adventure film is still as impressive as ever.
Tuesday, June 10 2014
If the human cable car riders are aware of the camera and then forget it, are aware of the camera and address it, are aware of the camera and ignore it, what can goats manage?
This bone-chilling story of a young, violated woman who has been pushed too far gets a much deserved re-release.
Monday, June 9 2014
In his latest incarnation, Jack Ryan is always the most observant, most competent, most morally upstanding guy in the room.
Friday, June 6 2014
Political disaffection and engagement, personal dedication and distrust.
The Fault in Our Stars provides a showcase for the protagonist's honest openness, her capacity to radiate and inspire empathy.
TINY: A Story About Living Small is a suitably modest documentary that explores whether home is really what you make it or if there’s a minimum size requirement.
Thursday, June 5 2014
What happens when corporate and private monies are allowed to come into a public system of electioneering and propaganda?
This offers many individuals' stories of the game, the mechanics, the beauty, the promise and hope offered by soccer, but only a glimpse at the politics or the industry.
This rises somewhat above its heist flick clichés, due mostly to its stellar cast, but also the clever structure of the story, courtesy of writer/director Jonathan Sobol.
Miss Dove is the last of a "genteel" respectability in a world that's going to hell.
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
If war makes for strong bonding and assertions of loyalty, it can also make for troubled aftermath, and that's the complicated focus of Korengal.
Even a so-so Marx Brothers film is better than no Marx Brothers film, right?
Friday, May 30 2014
For all of Seth MacFarlane's supposedly edgy humor, he's making the most conventional three-act hero's journey imaginable.
All three young actresses are terrific, performing with the kind of unguarded, unaffected naturalism that sometimes seems unthinkable in American movies.
Liam Neeson's career reinvention continues as he becomes our generation's Cary Grant in the efficient, streamlined thriller Non-Stop.