Friday, March 13 2015
By showing the range and the influence these session musicians had on the hits from the '50s to the '70s, The Wrecking Crew proves their place in rock 'n' roll history.
The audience already primed for more "happily ever after" will be more than satisfied with the results. Everyone else will wonder what the studio was thinking with this strategy.
This is a cold film where it's clear something is always wrong, but no one can quite piece together what it is.
Thursday, March 12 2015
In a culture where people Tweet nonsensical thoughts, Rosewater challenges us to consider the ways we can use our voices to speak on behalf of those that are routinely silenced.
Wednesday, March 11 2015
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons turn music performance into a battle of espionage and counter-espionage under cover of darkness.
Tuesday, March 10 2015
Mockingjay -- Part 1 proves that a stellar cast and some meaningful direction can take a dreary storyline and turn it into the ultimate penultimate film.
Monday, March 9 2015
In his examination of the social isolation caused by capitalism, Jean-Luc Godard wanders too far off into the cerebral.
Friday, March 6 2015
If you liked the first one, you'll love this return trip. All others should perhaps consider booking their entertainment lodging elsewhere.
Chappie is a weird combination of science fiction and South African rage-rap culture that's so off key, you can't see the good for the god-awful.
Unfinished Business is like a juggler given too many divergent elements to manage.
These eight films collectively demonstrate a master filmmaker with a total understanding and command of cinematic language.
Wednesday, March 4 2015
Like all adaptations of this classic work of erotic literature, this film misses the mark in capturing any of the poignancy of the novel's fluid and lyrical prose.
Tuesday, March 3 2015
This woman-centric western isn't a lost masterpiece, but rather an entertaining and sometimes fascinating pleasantry.
Monday, March 2 2015
Fassbinder's stifling drama about the sufferings of dependence is high camp, where the sparks fly with radiant colours.
Friday, February 27 2015
Because The Lazarus Effect takes so long getting to the supposedly scary stuff, we have to stay focused on either the characters or the content, and both fail.
This Will Smith vehicle is witty, brash Hollywood entertainment that's sexy, smart, and on the whole, successful.
While not in the vein of Cronenberg's classic body horror thrillers, the bleak showbiz satire Maps to the Stars could well be a horror film after all.
Lucy's idea of science is akin to a stoner complaining about how math doesn't really exist, but it does have an audacity that many sci-fi thrillers in the present day lack.
Thursday, February 26 2015
Every character in Bluebird reminds us of how we might deliberately distract ourselves, in ways that simultaneously buffer and generate pain.
The comic mythologizing of Winnipeg becomes conflated with an urge for Maddin to mythologize himself.