Monday, June 2 2014
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.
Thursday, May 29 2014
The film can't grant you access to what's true or what's not, it can't actually tell Doris Payne's incredible story; it can only observe her as everyone else does, guessing at how and what she might mean.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
The story of Jim Wood's (Loaded Poets) experience and evolving desires is transformed into its own sort of art.
What begins as a vacation from hell transforms into the story of a father attempting to reach into his daughter's world before he loses her.
There was a time when the approach to animation was “less is more”, and it worked very well, indeed.
Tuesday, May 27 2014
This film begins in Sidi Moumen, a shantytown outside of Casablanca. Our protagonist sees only horizons of loss and regret, from which he sees no escape.
Friday, May 23 2014
The film uses the New York subway as metaphor, as young Ricky's journey provides a parallel to his family's: they search for him as they find each other.
In the beginning of this film, it seems the war between humans and mutants has come to its logical end.
Clio Barnard's vision of the terrenely paradise described by Oscar Wilde has less to do with romanticism and everything to do with escapism.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.
Tuesday, May 20 2014
The game of 9-Man offers identity, connections with a past and a sense of belonging in a place where survival and success are often premised on assimilation.
Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.
Monday, May 19 2014
The bleak, barren vista in Wolf Creek 2 reflects the killer's internal workings, his sense of ownership, his fear and fury at anyone who's vulnerable.
Series creator Rob Thomas fashioned Veronica Mars as a reunion movie, for both the audience and the characters.
For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.
Friday, May 16 2014
Million Dollar Arm's very worst idea is to turn the charismatic players Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) into Indian versions of the Magical Negro.
Godzilla takes us "down there". Down there in corporate cover-ups, down there in human greed and fear, down there in immorality and militaristic overreaching.