Friday, November 14 2014
For all its desperation, Rosewater is also suffused with hope and even joy, a reminder that journalist Maziar Bahari is not forgotten.
The conventions in Gina Prince-Bythewood's film are fully functioning, not so much challenged as fine-tuned, placing it safely in the camp of melodrama.
Both Salad Days and Happy Valley conclude leaving as many questions as they ask during their runtimes.
Don't be fooled by the pretty faces: Tammy is as bad as they come, a major flop that fails to show Melissa McCarthy and her cast's true talents.
Thursday, November 13 2014
One of New York’s most crooked cops tells his story in an electric film, and a tragicomic story looks at the troubled life of Florida’s most dedicated prison escape artist.
This documentary poses hard questions about how teams, communities, and identities are developed, and how assumptions shape expectations.
An excellent documentary of a deserving band. Thirty years down a long road, the band is still driving with tears in their eyes and telling stories worth hearing.
Wednesday, November 12 2014
Director Orlando von Einsiedel comes under literal gunfire for documenting the colonial capitalist powers in the Congo, a reminder that sometimes the price for oil is blood.
Tuesday, November 11 2014
The seven films in The Female Gaze offer an interesting look at the work of seven different female directors, each a welcome antidote to action-hero blockbusters and formulaic rom-coms.
Monday, November 10 2014
Film and magic have always been intertwined. Some works take advantage of the relationship, but Houdini does not.
Both A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket reminder us of how Hoffman always rose to the occasion of the role and drew our attention to the larger structures at play.
Friday, November 7 2014
Actress allows Brandy Burre (The Wire) the screen space and time to make her own image -- or so it seems.
This film lurches toward an Inception-ish crosscutting climax, but the rush is not so thrilling as the imagery and the meaning of the corn; humankind's sole remaining sustenance.
Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure.
Thursday, November 6 2014
Joe feels neither remarkable nor unremarkable, yet by its conclusion it holds the power to touch your sensibilities.
Wednesday, November 5 2014
The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression.
Tuesday, November 4 2014
For all the stories about how isolated and asocial internet users can be, Hoax_Canular offers stories of imagining community, sharing truths and more.
Perhaps MacFarlane will learn from his experiences, but with any luck, he'll learn the biggest lesson of all: his talents are required behind the camera, not in front of it.
Like the great antiheroes of history, Angelina Jolie's seductive performance as Maleficent gets you to root for her even as she commits acts of evil.
Monday, November 3 2014
The once widely unavailable Love Streams gets a thorough Criterion reissue, a well-deserved feat for John Cassavetes' final masterpiece.