Tuesday, September 9 2014
The premise of the film is too silly to ring as true, but the palpable chemistry of Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche makes this an enjoyable trifle.
A slack conclusion can't totally detract from the twisty script, mannered performances, and uncommonly gorgeous direction that make Proxy, the must-see independent thriller of 2014 so far.
Monday, September 8 2014
Knowledge of what might happen, a sense of limits and possibilities, make New York firefighters' lives simultaneously extraordinary and essential.
The most excruciating of breakup movies, "We Won't Grow Old Together" showcases a classic performance from Jean Yanne.
Almodóvar's shocking, NC-17 film makes us realize that pornography and love are only in the eye of the beholder.
Friday, September 5 2014
Gringo Trails doesn't explore the construction of travelers' desire for an "authentic" experience, but instead focuses on its effects: the global tourism industry.
The controversial French director's best known films are collected into this handsome six-film BFI box set, full of impressive nouvelle vague innovation.
Thursday, September 4 2014
Wetlands is both sweet if off-kilter love story and a movie full of stomach-churning material. Think of a substance you might find unpleasant, and you can probably find it here.
The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes a compelling, 20-year long story, and zips far too quickly through it.
Wednesday, September 3 2014
Framing George Takei as part of a larger project that has as much to do with his civil rights activism as with his acting career, "to be Takei" is something of a job.
Reuniting Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore can't spark the magic long lost from the former comedian's flailing career.
Tuesday, September 2 2014
Most people know Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia; few people, regrettably, know the superior work from which it is adapted.
The Captain America movies are well-suited to mix and match time periods with a comic-book-y flair.
Friday, August 29 2014
Eric Merola's documentary shows us what happens when our everyday language must be turned inside out.
Ironically, this film also takes pains to point out the obvious pratfalls of making yet another serial killer film in the first place.
Thursday, August 28 2014
The film reminds us of just how difficult it can be to find one's own tempo amidst radical changes caused by unjust circumstances.
The troubling implicit moral at the end of The Love Punch encapsulates the film's insubstantial construction.
Abbas Kiarostami's film subverts viewer expectations of what makes a film satisfying, or even enjoyable.
Wednesday, August 27 2014
The movie wastes its impressive cast, choosing instead to drown itself in sentimentalism.
Tuesday, August 26 2014
Infusing Alice Munro's portrait of a lonely woman and her quest for happiness with deadpan comic beats, Kristen Wiig muddies the tone of "Hateship Loveship" and leaves it without a center.