Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:34
Hopefully you won’t be bothered by why everyone in the world of movies owns a nice, solitary cabin on an island that can be used as needed, regardless their income.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:29
Yes, this film features someone who looks like Ron Perlman as a stripper.
Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00
What do an innocent, heartbroken young girl and a jewel thief have in common? Would you believe a cat?
Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:37
I kept finding small things to enjoy, but none of them actually added up to much.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:26
The reason for Brave’s PG rating? It’s actually weirdly scary.
Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:16
It’s rare to find a film that tears through my critic’s cynicism and gives me more than I’d ever hoped for.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:51
The end-of-the-world scenario is far from fully realized, everything is either predictable or entirely unbelievable (or both), and, on the whole, the film tries too hard to be cutesy and likeable and twee.
Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 20 June 2012 21:37
I like a good coming-of-age movie as much as just about anyone, but there isn’t really anything here to elevate the material above the tropes of the genre.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:41
In appearance, this is a deliberately ugly film, the shaky cinematography and apparent reliance on natural light outdoors suggesting television footage shot none too expertly.
Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:30
The director, who may have never seen a movie besides his own, can’t quite decide what tone he would like the movie to take.
Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:42
The film suffers from what I’m going to call The George Lucas Effect.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:29
Its premise is an Anderson fan’s wet dream.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:20
These talking heads love to speak in metaphors, anecdotes, and grand generalities while carefully avoiding constructing any kind of a useful argument.
Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:21
Is it OK to laugh at a handicapped person falling over if the handicapped person thinks it’s funny, too? (Yes.)
Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:43
The dwarves provide needed comic relief while still working as tough guys whose bad sides you’d want to avoid.
Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:37
The French-speaking world in particular seems to have a knack for producing school films that create power by trusting the inherent dramatic possibilities in any classroom.
Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:05
What matters is, I felt like a man stranded in the desert suddenly presented with an entire pool of drinking water when I saw images of massive alien ships attacking a major city and the aliens did not look like giant robots.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 24 May 2012 11:41
The point is, if you like the films I’ve mentioned above or any of the many others that sound vaguely like it—that is, arty films about young people in doomed love—you’ll almost definitely like Goodbye First Love, as it’s the best entrant into the genre in some years.
Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:10
One thing foreign films do that American ones fear is that they cast interesting people. Roger is played by Aksel Hennie, who looks like the love child of Christopher Walken and Steve Buscemi.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:50
Bernie plays something like if Linklater and Christopher Guest had teamed up to co-direct Fargo. The film is about an odd murder case in rural Texas, and unlike the claim in Fargo’s title cards, it really is based on a true story this time around.
Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:29
So, how does a Hollywood studio adapt a two-person game of patience and cunning into a feature film? With aliens, of course.
Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:56
Thanks in large part to the truly wonderful cast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a delightful film that is both humorous and moving.
Written by Jason Green Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
The Avengers is not just a great superhero movie; it’s the great superhero movie.
Written by Joe Hodes Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:10
Unfortunately, the parts do not quite coalesce into a satisfying whole.
Written by Adrienne Jones Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:04
The Fairy ends up feeling like psychological testing disguised as art film.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 27 April 2012 07:42
But where Forgetting Sarah Marshall was reliably funny and had surprisingly complex character motivations and development under its surface, The Five-Year Engagement feels both less likeable and less real.
Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:48
The Hunter is not an action film; it is a character study. Ostensibly, we are studying Martin and the decision he has to make.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:41
The film seems like it’s trying to be a feminist text but ends up a worthless, misdirected exercise where nearly the whole cast is humiliated (perhaps for the potential titillation of the audience?) but no point is ultimately made.
Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:23
I’m prone to liking any damned French romantic comedy that Audrey Tautou is in. I seem to be pretty blind to quality when it comes to French movies she’s in.
Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:18
When they aren’t receiving incredibly pedantic stage directions from Hyde-White, the cast are commiserating together about what a terrible mistake this idea is.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:01
Tracing Marley’s life and career chronologically, Macdonald has put together a nice package of interviews and archival materials coupled with some beautifully shot contemporary footage.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 April 2012 21:34
After successful on-stage runs for The Deep Blue Sea on both sides of the Atlantic, you can now see it in an exquisite, if at times tedious, film adaptation by Terence Davies.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 13 April 2012 17:57
The Kid with a Bike reveals itself as one of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s best efforts of late.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 13 April 2012 17:54
Gareth Evans captures the nonstop action in The Raid with the talent of a veteran like John Woo.
Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 13 April 2012 17:52
Goddard and Whedon use a familiar premise and set up to unleash on the audience a fury of cinematic innovations and left turns.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 13 April 2012 17:45
Bully accurately depicts life in public school as I remember it, and surely as it still is today.
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