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.
Wednesday, February 25 2015
This Mexican horror remake evokes the mood, atmosphere and acting of the classic era of horror.
Tuesday, February 24 2015
Big Hero 6 demonstrates how Disney does animated storytelling like no other.
Monday, February 23 2015
There are many surprises to be found in Caveman, not the least of which is that it is not a complete waste of time.
Friday, February 20 2015
Although the "Great White Hope" overtones are troubling, McFarland, USA trumps the racism of its antagonists with sports team-building.
Julianne Moore's luminous performance as a woman with early onset Alzheimer's reveals how the disease makes it difficult to find oneself.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be clever only to those who never outgrew hearing their first dirty joke at summer camp.
In pure madcap fashion, Preston Sturges' wartime comedy depicts just how absurd the constraints on women are in a patriarchal society.
Thursday, February 19 2015
Timbuktu shows how the most intense religious conflicts are often fought without much reason or thought.
The issue with this ostensible haunting in Black Wood is not a paucity of dollars in the budget, but rather of tension, drama, and ideas.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
While John Boorman doesn't transform the genre here as he did in Hope and Glory, he does give Queen and Country more bite than the usual soft-focus waltz down memory lane.
Where Jimi Hendrix’s music is a fireworks display, this film is rather grey and lifeless.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
Felicity Jones' remarkable performance can't save The Theory of Everything, in large part because the film doesn't fully commit to her own point of view.
Monday, February 16 2015
Part murder-mystery, part erotic fever dream, La Belle Captive is a sumptuous nightmare.
Friday, February 13 2015
Kingsman is a cut above the usual winter flicks, but it's also flummoxed by its inability to maintain it subversive tone.
Despite its risqué reputation, this film, like the book it is adapted from, is a generic tale of male power that's been told many times before.
Annabelle pales in the shadow of its predecessor, the far superior The Conjuring.
Thursday, February 12 2015
Much like the Duracell bunny, Life of Crime has no brain; it has no anima.
Wednesday, February 11 2015
Featuring a story filled with wonderful characterizations, genuine excitement, and a perfectly earned ending, 101 Dalmatians is one of Disney's best.