Wednesday, July 30 2014
None of the answers in Fallen City seem simple, as the film offers three stories of survivors after the 2008 earthquake in Beichuan.
There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.
Monday, July 28 2014
The parents of the dead child declared that online gaming impaired their judgment, their comprehension, their fundamental life skills.
Laura Dekker was born to be a sailor, a fact she proves in her successful solo sail around the world in Maidentrip.
Friday, July 25 2014
This might be as close to a point as Lucy can get, the essential illogic of movies, of illusion, of delusion.
Sweating and bleeding, swinging maces and destroying architecture, Hercules imposes his will by way of his body, the legend becoming a truth in spite of itself.
Stanley rejects the very notion of an afterlife, bitterly noting, like so many Woody Allen characters before him, that our current existence is all we get.
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.