Monday, December 1 2014
Roman Polanksi's adaptation of David Ives' play is a layered film where the true identity of its characters, including Polanski himself, is constantly being interrogated.
Friday, November 28 2014
The sequel skips the original’s workers' fury and lets its comedy all-star trio play to their strengths, with mixed results.
Wednesday, November 26 2014
As visible as the Turing machine may be on screen -- and it is gorgeous, strange, and haunting, as well as sublimely mechanical and daunting -- it remains unfathomable.
Tuesday, November 25 2014
It seems right that Werner Herzog narrates the start of Penguins of Madagascar, concerning the overwhelming cuddly cuteness of penguins and the absurd value humans attribute to them.
Surprisingly, a bunch of sentimental laptop pop songs from ten years ago (Give Up) make for a dynamic and engaging live show.
Monday, November 24 2014
Two documentaries about surprising success stories: the men behind the National Enquirer and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The evil is both banal and terrifying in George Sluizer's 1988 labyrinthine thriller.
Val Guest's newsroom drama take on the apocalypse is a product of its nuclear war-obsessed times and a prescient commentary on the present day.
Saturday, November 22 2014
None of the men in this telling of John du Pont's murder of Dave Schultz are able to say what's going wrong -- they might not even know themselves.
Friday, November 21 2014
This penultimate installment of The Hunger Games film saga is all about perception, the film frequently has you watch someone watching someone while being watched by someone.
Extraterrestrial's "formula-as-purpose" style doesn't make it the "meta" movie it wants to be; instead, it's just grating and mired in cliché.
The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch.
Thursday, November 20 2014
These two excellent documentaries examine failed state systems: an unresponsive police department and a negligent oil safety regime.
Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar.
The extended edition of Desolation of Smaug turns the film into a flabby affair, but the ten-plus hours of bonus features could still make this purchase worthwhile for Tolkien fans.
Wednesday, November 19 2014
Citizenfour is exquisitely filmed and carefully reported, but its greatest effects have to do with what you don't see, such as the plans and ambitions that underlie surveillance.
Wałęsa: Man of Hope is a reminder that out of the Soviet shadow emerged a heroic and powerful story of the individual capable of being a force of change to reshape the future.
Tuesday, November 18 2014
Workers at a Manhattan deli fight for their most basic rights, and a woman who believed herself to be Jewish discovers a shocking truth about her paternity.
Deliberate artificiality and horror based in human psychology make this horror classic, first released in 1920, feel remarkably fresh today.
Monday, November 17 2014
A lyrically surreal investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a professor in Nebraska and an exposé on the case an innocent man that might have been a huge mistake.