Saturday, November 22 2014
None of the men in this telling of John du Pont's murder of Dave Schultz are able to say what's going wrong -- they might not even know themselves.
Friday, November 21 2014
This penultimate installment of The Hunger Games film saga is all about perception, the film frequently has you watch someone watching someone while being watched by someone.
Extraterrestrial's "formula-as-purpose" style doesn't make it the "meta" movie it wants to be; instead, it's just grating and mired in cliché.
The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch.
Thursday, November 20 2014
These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime.
Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar.
The extended edition of Desolation of Smaug turns the film into a flabby affair, but the ten-plus hours of bonus features could still make this purchase worthwhile for Tolkien fans.
Wednesday, November 19 2014
Citizenfour is exquisitely filmed and carefully reported, but its greatest effects have to do with what you don't see, such as the plans and ambitions that underlie surveillance.
Wałęsa: Man of Hope is a reminder that out of the Soviet shadow emerged a heroic and powerful story of the individual capable of being a force of change to reshape the future.
Tuesday, November 18 2014
Workers at a Manhattan deli fight for their most basic rights, and a woman who believed herself to be Jewish discovers a shocking truth about her paternity.
Deliberate artificiality and horror based in human psychology make this horror classic, first released in 1920, feel remarkably fresh today.
Monday, November 17 2014
A lyrically surreal investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a professor in Nebraska and an exposé on the case an innocent man that might have been a huge mistake.
Like spent fuel rods, refugees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are handled delicately, considered toxic, and unwelcome anywhere they go.
Suzan Beraza's documentary captures the contours and stubborn endurance of myths about uranium mining, as well as the evidence of their tenuous connection to reality.
Friday, November 14 2014
For all its desperation, Rosewater is also suffused with hope and even joy, a reminder that journalist Maziar Bahari is not forgotten.
The conventions in Gina Prince-Bythewood's film are fully functioning, not so much challenged as fine-tuned, placing it safely in the camp of melodrama.
Both Salad Days and Happy Valley conclude leaving as many questions as they ask during their runtimes.
Don't be fooled by the pretty faces: Tammy is as bad as they come, a major flop that fails to show Melissa McCarthy and her cast's true talents.
Thursday, November 13 2014
One of New York’s most crooked cops tells his story in an electric film, and a tragicomic story looks at the troubled life of Florida’s most dedicated prison escape artist.
This documentary poses hard questions about how teams, communities, and identities are developed, and how assumptions shape expectations.