Friday, December 20 2013
Drake Doremus continues to mature as a striking young writer and director, showing in this latest film that he is still preoccupied with the fallibility of human relationships.
Thursday, December 19 2013
Depp riffs on Buster Keaton, performing ridiculous feats of derring-do (including riding a horse through a train, which Verbinski makes look about as believable as possible), and train cars hurtle past each other with perfect timing.
The rare documentary that captures its subjects honestly while revealing the filmmakers' intentions with candor and humor, Le joli mai continues to charm and enlighten a half-century on.
Wednesday, December 18 2013
The best sequence follows Frances running, leaping, and dancing down the streets of Manhattan to the tune of David Bowie's "Modern Love".
Tuesday, December 17 2013
What sets Crawlspace apart from other such horror films is the story role by the actor who seems to have a doctorate in professional creepiness, Klaus Kinski.
Monday, December 16 2013
The gender politics in Mary Poppins are regressive, surely, but they’re also a product of their time and can easily fly under the radar, especially for young viewers.
Friday, December 13 2013
Four films starring, or more accurately including, Vivien Leigh,only intermittently register the star power she brought to her American productions, though her collaborators acquit themselves well.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Although this lacks some of the teeth of its source material, it is a powerful document nonetheless, buoyed by outstanding performances and a straightforward, no-nonsense visual style.
The two-disc, Blu-Ray release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones really, really wants you to be absorbed in that world.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
This "Rich Mahogany Edition" of Anchorman features lots of bonus stuff, including an extended cut and the supplemental film, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.
Yes, The Beast Within is about a shape-shifting insect kid who runs around attacking people while still wearing his letterman’s jacket.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
While Despicable Me delivered a solid story on top of a touching character arc for its super villain with a heart of gold, the sequel is a more pedestrian affair.
The first movie for the "post-theatrical era", The Canyons vividly illustrates a despairing, nymphomaniac generation run amok.
From the director of Singin' in the Rain comes this sci-fi horror film that had all the potential to be the next Alien, but falls far short of the mark.
Monday, December 9 2013
Fast and Furious 6 is a movie about cars, muscleheads and an international terrorist plot that can only be saved by muscleheads with cars.
Broadway dancer and singer Gregory Hines stars as a super soldier hunting a runaway robot girl in the largely forgotten sci-fi action flick, Eve of Destruction.
Friday, December 6 2013
Kino-Lorber's release of Nosferatu features some of the best special features of any DVD this year.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Entering into Gomes’s hypnotic triptych, Tabu gives the viewer a chance to see just how far cinema has come, and just how far it can go in the hands of a master.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Cassavetes' aesthetic, both in front of and behind the camera, was less Method immersion than mad (as in gleeful) exploration, skirting the emotional edge without tripping into or wallowing in cathartic excess.