Thursday, November 14 2013
Two documentaries look back and forward, revealing a quickly shifting world suffused with ambitions and compromises.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
The mirror image Donald Rumsfeld creates, his inverted similarity to the villain he mocks, would be comical if the effects of his and the administration's lies weren't so devastating and ongoing.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Death's voiceover doesn't so much shape The Book Thief as direct your reading of it, which is to say, it describes what you see and suggests what you might think about it.
Monday, November 11 2013
A Case of You fascinates as an experiment in directing the romcom to greater emotional authenticity, but only through a risky headfirst dive into the muck of overused tropes and too familiar character types.
Friday, November 8 2013
Shane Meadows's documentary of the improbable reunion of the Stone Roses comes complete with a few shortcomings and whole lot of Britpop alchemy.
While Loki's efforts at vengeance were mightily entertaining in The Avengers, his detainment is less delightful.
Monday, November 4 2013
Even apart from the crass motives in the market of human kidneys, the stakes for recipients and donors remain brutal and urgent.
The mobile framing in this film, so insistent, so aggressive throughout this experience, helps to sustain not only your emotional investment but also your understanding of what's at issue here.
Friday, November 1 2013
About Time takes up themes beyond the typical boy-meets-girl story, looking also at father-son relations and the sense of loss that is mandated by passing time.
This does best during its nicely understated climax, where the glimmers of the characters' fears -- of aging, of becoming irrelevant -- are most visible and closest to poignant, if only briefly.
As a generic exercise and presumed start of a movie franchise, this argues for Ender's exceptionalism, for his moral consciousness, his perfect mix of empathy and violence.
Thursday, October 31 2013
Like the boys in Hoop Dreams, these kids are able to tackle head on the myriad challenges facing black youth in today's America.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
The Wind Rises was the first film that I saw at the Festival and a lovely note on which to close, creating the sense of wonder and excitement you want from movies.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
"I don't apologize for anything," says Jimmy Connors, "Not now, never."
As much as Abdellatif Kechiche’s film suggests it might be getting under Adèle's skin, as much as it follows her from moment to moment and year to year, it is unable to explain her.
Friday, October 25 2013
Whatever else happens in this movie, whoever else pays a price or feels consumed, suffers violent retribution or executes it, the woman who fucks a car is most audacious.
Thursday, October 24 2013
Despite its perversely intricate schematic, A.C.O.D. doesn't drag with needless side stories. As a comedy, however, it never goes for the jugular.
Wednesday, October 23 2013
Johne Spano fooled everyone. The fall, rise and fall of the New York Islanders.
Tuesday, October 22 2013
The New Public, Jyllian Gunther's remarkably engaging and complex documentary, tracks the experiences of students, parents, and staff at a new high school during its first four years.
Monday, October 21 2013
12 Years a Slave invites you to see all at once (and so, feel overwhelmed) and to grasp how trauma is incremental, molding expectations as it crushes souls.