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.
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.