Monday, October 7 2013
Again and again, adults in Valentine Road fail the children in their charge.
Friday, October 4 2013
As Let the Fire Burn opens with young survivor Michael Ward, so it also it returns to his deposition repeatedly, creating a rhythm, reconnecting the various pieces of the catastrophe with this child's story.
Thursday, October 3 2013
If the movie isn't an exercise per se, it is an exploration of what might be done, in and by movies, to convey or imagine an impossible experience.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
Don Jon is an anti-romantic comedy in that the genre's motions don't provide the expected emotional catharsis.
Monday, September 30 2013
Don’t Stop Believin’ explores the complexity of Arne Pinedal's position, in Journey and in a broader context that includes all kinds of expectations.
In showing that Lee has a reason, a whole set of reasons, Blue Caprice doesn't excuse or even explain how the sniper came to this place.
This won't teach kids much about adult relationships (Flint and Sam kiss once in a while, but she's his "friend" which, on second thought, might teach kids something about adults), but it has an unforced and appealing sweetness.
Friday, September 27 2013
Baggage Claim adorns the ancient rom-com formula with allusions to less backwards thinking, but plods ahead, anyway.
Christian makes it his mission to seek out another Jewish girlfriend, since, as he states more than once, "I never want to make another decision" for the rest of his life.
That each of these Formula One drivers sees himself in the other makes them a perfect couple, but also a terrible combination.
Wednesday, September 25 2013
You might know about Peyton and Eli's NFL careers and even Archie's with the Saints. What you might not recall is this film's primary revelation, in footage of Archie playing for Ole MIss.
Friday, September 20 2013
As you share Wadjda's view, see her mother in the mirror or hear her on the phone, flirting or negotiating, you see also how the girl might imagine her world differently.
That no order might be found might seem a cosmic sort of punchline, but Prisoners doesn't press you to worry or to rethink assumptions.
After Tiller, for all its admiration for the doctors, takes no joy or celebration in what it shows. The work is hard. And it must be done.
Tuesday, September 17 2013
It’s Not You, It’s Me is fitfully entertaining, but it’s a little disappointing that the guys get the so-called best lines throughout.
The Mongolian miner Khuyagaa draws on his cigarette, behind him a pile of dirt and rocks, the result of his labor, the earth turned inside out.
Friday, September 13 2013
Doors slam shut, baby toys light and play music, chandeliers' screws unscrew so as to create crashing glass -- and something's wrong with daddy.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
When Alice listened to the 31-minute cockpit recording from that day 12 years ago, she knew she was listening to the last moments of her son's life.
Tuesday, September 10 2013
Revealing how survival demands extraordinary capacities and qualities, not always admirable and not always easy, this movie pays tribute to all who survive.
Monday, September 9 2013
"He thinks of himself as a bit of a Peter Pan," says 90-year-old table tennis competitor Les D'Arcy's daughter, "He doesn't think of himself as getting old."