Tuesday, January 13 2015
Even though it lacks the novelty of its predecessor, The Trip to Italy is nonetheless just as hilarious.
Monday, January 12 2015
Frank uses Twitter and Tumblr without ever striking a false note in its depiction of an erratic indie rock band struggling through the artistic process.
Friday, January 9 2015
P.T. Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel is an atypical noir, where narrative freely flows in and out of the mind of Doc (Joaquin Phoenix).
Julianne Moore's evocative performance aside, Safe often feels designed specifically for film-studies interpretation, without its own soul.
Frank Capra's Oscar-dominating film is still funny, still romantic, and still quite beautiful to look at 80 years later.
Wednesday, January 7 2015
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will have longtime Turtle fans shouting “No, ninja, no, ninja, no!”, for this reboot is a mindless mess.
Monday, January 5 2015
Two blasts of existentialist disquiet and hallucination from the stable of Roger Corman, these two Westerns launched the career of a major alternative filmmaker in Monte Hellman.
Friday, January 2 2015
J.C. Chandor’s crime drama is an exceptionally performed but rote drama about family and ethnic loyalties pushed to the breaking point.
Wednesday, December 24 2014
In American Sniper, military sharpshooter Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) comes to see that delineations among wolves, dogs, and sheep are rarely obvious.
Tuesday, December 23 2014
The Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s film is a preacher of vision, but he’s also a tactician willing to let blood be shed in order to advance the cause.
The story of the Olympian athlete Louis Zamperini story is ideal for the epic scale of Angelina Jolie's film, yet it's also too complicated to be reduced to such notorious generic confines.
Monday, December 22 2014
Tim Burton’s sweet little film about art and identity doesn’t demand enjoyment of Margaret Keane's big-eyed waifs, but instead an appreciation of her sincerity and expression.
Disney’s film of Stephen Sondheim’s ironic fairy tale musical keeps the master’s gorgeous melodies, knowing lyrics, and finger wagging intact.
This is a new Annie, decidedly anti-nostalgic and only clumsily cynical, but at the same time it tries too hard to both be and not be the previous Annie.
Friday, December 19 2014
This film makes J.M.W. Turner's story fascinating, his personal failings and artistic innovations seemingly inevitable, throbbing, propulsive and painful.
If all you care about is action, of witnessing outstanding special F/X and genre fantasy fashioned by a true master of such material, then this will satisfy your needs to no end.
Thursday, December 18 2014
As Nicholas Vreeland's journey into Buddhist philosophy goes deeper, the tension between his photography and his role as a monk increases.
One day, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will land a role in a film that’s fitting of his charisma, physique, and on-screen likability, but Hercules is not that film.
Wednesday, December 17 2014
For his third film based on true material, Bennett Miller tells a tale of how when wealth and Olympian athleticism mix together, those living in those worlds become increasingly insulated.
Lord of Illusions is at its best when it balances noir mystery with supernatural elements without veering too far to one side or another.