Thursday, July 10 2014
Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
For any a fan of The Who’s “Maximum R&B” music, this is as close to being there as you can possibly get without a time machine and a hefty ticket charge.
Monday, July 7 2014
As it follows Paralympians en route to London 2102, this documentary makes clear the arbitrary dividing line between what's "normal" and what's not.
There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.
Wednesday, July 2 2014
War is bad, demons are bad, walking on human skulls is bad. And then what?
It’s nearly impossible to not get roped in by the easy banter of the dialogue, the epic drama, and the luminous images of this quintessential Western.
Tuesday, July 1 2014
The children in Earth to Echo are trying to be understood, and to matter, with the footage they shoot.
Despite being set in London's Swinging Sixties, Up the Junction comes across just as apropos of America's here and now.
These adventurous women only wear some kind of underwear or nightie in front of the windows for that funny little peeping tom across the courtyard.
Monday, June 30 2014
This explores the marriages that come after the weddings and perhaps more provocatively, the hopes and limits of documentary filmmaking.
Dino Risi is able to turn this odd couple’s story into a film that’s socially and emotionally intelligent -- and entertaining.
Tony Randall comes across like a star for the little screen overwhelmed by the Big Screen, a Felix Unger-type trying out unsuccessfully for Her Majesty’s Service.
Friday, June 27 2014
Hafsat Abiola-Costello, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), uses The Supreme Price to build on her mother's vision for a democratic Nigeria.
Coherence generates fear and mistrust with very little in the way of effects, gore or outright scares.
Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.
This is apparently the first major Hollywood film to have no director credit, because nobody wanted to claim it. Yet it deserves reconsideration.
Thursday, June 26 2014
If it's good to believe and to take a stand on it, it's also good to think through beliefs.
L’eclisse is a highly regarded work of European modernism that is pretty to look at, interesting to think about, and grueling to watch unfold.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
This critical film underscores both differences and connections between then and now -- now as when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is being dismantled.
Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami doubles-down on familiar themes in this film, with varying results.