Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 May 2011 20:22
The dialogue and action couldn't be more on the nose if the film was intended to be a parody. Sadly, Gray means for us to take it seriously.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 May 2011 20:05
Tavernier builds up a complex picture of social relations in 1560s France with a large cast and great attention to the details of costumes and other period elements.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 29 April 2011 07:54
Director Justin Lin has not set out to create landmark cinema. He knows what the audience wants, and he gives it to them.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:30
Winter in Wartime seems to be an ideal film for tweeners and young teenagers to see and then discuss with an interested adult.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:04
This film is way better than it has any right to be; film students of the world, prepare to be really jealous.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 April 2011 23:21
A much larger group of potential ticket-buyers could have been tapped with a different title that I offer here for consideration: Twilight Under the Big Top.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 April 2011 12:48
Instead, like the Magical Negroes so beloved of certain American filmmakers, they exist only to help members of the privileged classes get in touch with their humanity.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 April 2011 12:34
What else would you expect from a film that in the surreally pastel opening scene shows two rabbits getting busy as Suzanne jogs past?
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 15 April 2011 09:39
It finds most of its humor in how regular Frank really is—he’s dumb and sloppy and petty just like you and me.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 15 April 2011 09:30
Each story could be expanded to carry a movie by itself, and cramming them into just a few short scenes creates information overload without emotional identification.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 14 April 2011 19:41
Everyone else could just get stabbed, and it wouldn’t (and didn’t) make any difference to me.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 14 April 2011 11:04
At heart, Aladag’s is a story of clashing cultures whose values are exemplified in her characters.
Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 13 April 2011 21:33
His films find new and interesting things to say about the experience of being alive—and new and interesting things to do with cinema as an art form along the way.
Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 11 April 2011 07:00
As strong as Giamatti and Ryan are, the real find here is Schaffer, who nails Kyle’s almost manic-depressive switches between very sweet and scarily angry.
Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 08 April 2011 13:17
For every ‘falling down the stairs in a gummy bear costume’ moment there are about six more where you just want Arthur to be all right.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 08 April 2011 13:01
Seems composed of dialogue and scenes written and then discarded by writers working on better films.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 08 April 2011 12:35
This is a sort of high-level fudging that buys the production more than a few breaks because it leaves you uncertain about whether what you’re seeing is deep or shallow.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 08 April 2011 12:29
Like Secret Sunshine, the plot never goes where you expect it to, which I mean as a complement of the highest order.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 01 April 2011 07:11
Source Code holds its own and doesn’t rip things off so much as uses ideas as fertilizer in its garden.
Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 01 April 2011 07:05
Well, of course you can take your kids to see Hop—as long as they don't expect big laughs, and as long as you don't expect good acting or a vibrant, coherent story.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 31 March 2011 22:16
Both are kind of bitchy, mincing, and passive-aggressively unpleasant, and they do not make good company for the film’s 106-minute running time.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 31 March 2011 22:13
Despite being on a first-name basis with many of the stars of the fashion world (Anna Wintour famously remarked that "we all dress for Bill"), Cunningham retains his independence.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 25 March 2011 07:57
Character motivation here isn’t exactly a priority anyway; being able to tell the girls apart by sight is really all you need.
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