Tuesday, February 25 2014
Thor worked due to its surprisingly-effective Shakespearean framework. Thor: The Dark World follows conventional Hollywood tropes and suffers for it.
Monday, February 24 2014
The kids' romantic naïvete is compounded by their forever-war surroundings. This is made vivid at film's start, when Omar first appears scaling the graffitied wall between his neighborhood and the Israeli territor
Gravity is not just a visual feast in the CGI age; it also interrogates humankind's desire to plant feet on the final frontier by confronting it with its metaphysical implications.
This benchmark of the heist genre shows that for the criminal, elegance and brutality go hand-in-hand, never more vividly depicted than in this tightly structured ode to Paris.
Friday, February 21 2014
On one hand Atticus, the most awesome slave-gladiator in Pompeii, is smart and splendidly charismatic. On the other, he's tormented.
Stanley Kramer's widow notes that this movie was made more or less on a dare. Apocryphal or not, the origin makes sense.
The Prey bounces along from one suspense-building setup to the next, erupting in a flurry of running, shooting, driving very fast, and occasionally falling from great heights.
Thursday, February 20 2014
Scenes inside Murphy's dreaming brain give way to a real-life nightmare, and for a few brief moments, Robocop hums with disturbing sci-fi possibilities.
Guillaume Nicloux's 'The Nun' has a translucent woman at its centre; her face at first a budding rose becomes increasingly drawn and bruised over the course of the film.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
About Last Night is intriguingly refashioned as a vehicle for a quartet of black actors, many of them veterans of predominantly black ensemble comedies.
Jeanne Moreau is a bewitching temptress; but what about the men?
Battle of the Damned is almost incredibly fun, but winds up as bad as you anticipated.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
Darkman, the darkest hero (an amalgam or classic horror monsters) versus the criminal underworld... in broad daylight.
Monday, February 17 2014
Sebastián Lelio’s melodrama about a woman’s determined search for love and meaning is hilarious and disquieting, sometimes within the same moment.
In this film, replacing the carburetor and revving the engine is actually a terrible affront.
Friday, February 14 2014
As soon as Winter's Tale steps out of the Judge's (Will Smith) basement, so isolated, so abstract, and so strange, you see that he's working too hard to make sense of what's going on.
Smartly and compellingly, The New Black presents the complicated intersections of religion, generation, and race in conversations about marriage equality.
This is a drama of two families brought together by death and the resulting stories that splinter off from that singular event.
Thursday, February 13 2014
Most of A Single Shot is an almost fetishistic look at life in this small, broken down town.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
As confusing and strange as the outcome of the 2012 Iowa caucus may have been, the film indicates that it's pretty much in line with the process, a process that is equal parts outrageous and unaccountable, entertaining and stressful.