Thursday, October 16 2014
The Essential Jacques Demy provides an insightful look inside an auteur who may finally be getting the recognition he deserves.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
Terry Gilliam's quest for life's biggest answers finds a new formulation in The Zero Theorem: perhaps, the film suggests, there is no meaning to it all.
Million Dollar Arm is a film that picked the wrong protagonist.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
Richard Brooks's adaptation of Elmer Gantry lives and dies on Burt Lancaster's strangest, most unforgettable performance.
Monday, October 13 2014
Even when Obvious Child lacks interesting conflict, it still admirably presents women in a way atypical from mainstream cinema.
Saturday, October 11 2014
Like most kids' movies, this one is less chaotic and inventive than it is predictable and reassuring.
Friday, October 10 2014
In Whiplash, all the visual and aural magic comes from Andrew's (Miles Teller) precise and jazzy drum solos.
A strong cast fights a losing battle against subpar material in this ramshackle drama.
Like any movie in the curmudgeon-mentors-a-child subgenre, St. Vincent draws some fine lines, between comedy and sentimentality, formula and, well, more formula.
A master of visuals, Walerian Borowczyk's stunning recreation of medieval life presents a world which seems as real and defined as the space in our own living rooms.
Thursday, October 9 2014
Flesh + Blood has at least this to its credit: it's not as bad as Howard the Duck.
Wednesday, October 8 2014
Even as you know the US government can be brutal in its retributions, you're also left with a set of images that are a bit too mythic or contrived.
Ossie Davis's directorial debut raises questions and statements about race and culture in America that resonate strong today.
Tuesday, October 7 2014
Meteor is one of a breed of '70s disaster flicks, but only real standout about this new re-release is its large price tag.
Monday, October 6 2014
When Mike Newell's relatively low-key mob movie was released in 1997, Al Pacino and Johnny Depp were at very different junctures than they are today.
The irony of Last Action Hero is that many of the best jokes work better in hindsight; however, most of the jokes are so dated that it is hard to imagine the film cultivating new fans.
Friday, October 3 2014
The Good Lie voyages from the endless deserts of east Africa to the well-intentioned if myopic world of white America.
At first focused on quotidian details, Bird People takes a surreal turn.
Oliver Stone's feature film debut is a wicked little horror movie that predicted the home terror films of later eras.
Thursday, October 2 2014
Aided by Marcel Syskind's gorgeous cinemaphotography, the audience sees that these characters are often hidden beneath only the lightest of masks.