Thursday, July 17 2014
While The Congress suggests the entertainment industry is dystopian, its own rich strangeness offers a utopian corrective.
Stuart Cooper's World War II drama Overlord easily deserves a place among the great anti-war films.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
Norman, Oklahoma serves as a haven for both tolerance and intolerance. This contradiction comes to trouble the parents of Zack Harrington, who killed himself in 2010.
Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, now in a sterling Criterion edition, remains lovely to look at and difficult to fully comprehend.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
The simple yet transformative hat-trick of Under the Skin is that it is the humans who are alien.
Monday, July 14 2014
Masquerade is a means of survival in post-Hurricane Katrine New Orleans.
Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain showcases the difficulties of making art and being an artist in a troubled world.
Friday, July 11 2014
Matt Reeves’ sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a tight, bleak, and dramatically lopsided tragedy wrapped inside a pummeling summer crowd-pleaser.
Polanski's movies tend to be even-handed in their treatment of the sexes, at least in that both male and female characters can be conniving and power-mad.
Walter Hill's talkiest action film boasts one of his best stories, but isn't the forgotten classic one might hope for.
Thursday, July 10 2014
With so many mainstream movie romances mired in clichés, it's up to the indie sector to offer more nuanced, more original versions of the movie romance.
Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
For any a fan of The Who’s “Maximum R&B” music, this is as close to being there as you can possibly get without a time machine and a hefty ticket charge.
Monday, July 7 2014
As it follows Paralympians en route to London 2102, this documentary makes clear the arbitrary dividing line between what's "normal" and what's not.
There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.
Wednesday, July 2 2014
War is bad, demons are bad, walking on human skulls is bad. And then what?
It’s nearly impossible to not get roped in by the easy banter of the dialogue, the epic drama, and the luminous images of this quintessential Western.
Tuesday, July 1 2014
The children in Earth to Echo are trying to be understood, and to matter, with the footage they shoot.
Despite being set in London's Swinging Sixties, Up the Junction comes across just as apropos of America's here and now.
These adventurous women only wear some kind of underwear or nightie in front of the windows for that funny little peeping tom across the courtyard.