Thursday, July 24 2014
The plot these would-be terrorists conjure is as preposterous as any you'd find in a bad action movie.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
Even with some dips in quality, these four movies represent part of a remarkable run; you can feel all of them strive for masterpiece status.
Tuesday, July 22 2014
Slaying the Badger constructs an exciting, sometimes troubling story of competition and deceit, focused on the 1986 Tour de France.
Three decades later, Scanners is still a head-popping good time.
Monday, July 21 2014
Despite their flaws, A Fever in the Blood and Wall of Noise reveal the crucial role of the film editor.
The film's best argument for the positive effects of music is made in images of individuals' vivid, apparently immediate responses.
Friday, July 18 2014
Sex Tape demonstrates that it's very hard to do a funny movie about the difficulty of maintaining a successful marriage.
The absurd extremes of this story have an expansive quality that leaves acres of room to explore its moral, political, and socioeconomic possibilities. But it doesn't.
Billy Wilder spares no one—not even the viewer—in this scathing satire of American culture.
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.