Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 16 September 2011 17:07
He may want those things (quietly, desperately) but they’re not meant for him.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 16 September 2011 16:44
In Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, the viewer never has a chance to sit back and absorb the story—not only because there is no story, but also because Fiennes seldom offers an image or sequence that fits into any conventional cinematic vocabulary.
Written by Jason Green Friday, 16 September 2011 09:14
Don’t let the superhero trappings fool you: Griff the Invisible is a quirky indie romance through-and-through, and a fine one, at that.
Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 09 September 2011 13:15
The fights look real. But more than that, they feel real. As you watch, you get the sensation of being in the first row by the cage, having it all happen right in front of you.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 September 2011 13:07
Contagion is structured like a serial killer movie, à la The Silence of the Lambs or Se7en, but instead of the killer being a human it’s a virus.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 08 September 2011 07:51
Generally this means getting to people who were recently victims of gang violence and are expected to retaliate; other times it has them literally throwing themselves in between two people they find fighting on the street.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:06
Soon after, Dawn and the plumber are making out, which is what invokes the ire of the tree in the first place. Yes, this is all as stupid as it sounds.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 25 August 2011 23:51
If you have any interest in the period you'll want to see it, but you'll need a high tolerance for below-amateur-level footage that often displays bad behavior by people inflated with a sense of their own self-importance.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 19 August 2011 11:43
Director Craig Gillespie does a terrific job of balancing serious storytelling with the fact that a vampire hiding out in Las Vegas is absolutely absurd.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 19 August 2011 11:38
The structure lends itself to weightier fare that targets an intelligent audience, but here it is used only in the service of a bad, manipulative romantic drama.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 19 August 2011 11:33
Writer/director Fred Cavaye has jettisoned all unnecessary dialogue and action; his style makes each scene pulse with that much more energy.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 August 2011 22:34
These young people all want more than they've been granted, and they're not willing to settle for a half-life lived decorously out of sight of a society that really doesn't want them.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 August 2011 22:27
Sophie and Jason behave as if this pre-Paw-Paw month is the last month of their lives, though that means something entirely different to Jason than it does to Sophie.
Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 12 August 2011 09:38
30 Minutes or Less is, by far, the funniest and most fun of this summer’s R-rated comedies. The filmmakers give us a fast-paced movie with plenty of ridiculous laughs, action, and unexpected twists.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 11 August 2011 08:47
Nim may or may not have acquired language but he certainly demonstrated a complex array of emotions, a fact that makes his subsequent fate all the more painful to watch.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 11 August 2011 08:11
Schmitz's choice to avoid naming the elephant in the room is not just a parlor trick. Instead it's part of his strategy to place you in Chanda's world.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 11 August 2011 07:50
Taylor does nothing to try to honor the real women whose lives are reflected in the film. Instead, he sketches each maid as nothing more than one side of the “Mammy” character.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 05 August 2011 16:47
There are plenty of prequels being churned out in Hollywood right now; most of them are bad. Rise of the Planet of the Apes however, is a wonderful film because it sets up the original story so perfectly.
Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 05 August 2011 16:39
The Change-Up manages to ground itself in just enough reality to make the story relatable without bogging the film down in even the barest hint of treacle.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:31
Beats, Rhymes & Life is more broad than deep, and you can easily come away feeling like you've watched a more positive version of Behind the Music.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:18
A good film maybe still could have come from this, forced as the setup may have been, but alas that good film never arrives.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 August 2011 13:55
You have to admire her gift for creating striking images as well. She likens the prospect of a woman raping a man to "putting a marshmallow in a parking meter."
Written by Jason Green Friday, 29 July 2011 16:06
Covering Howard Marks’ life in pretty hefty detail from his teen years onward, Mr. Nice has several decades’ worth of ground to cover and does so rather in rather quick fashion, though not so quickly as to gloss over the details.
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