David Cronenberg Follows Don DeLillo’s Literary Limo, Without a Destination
Published 9/12/2012 at 12:58 p.m. 0 comments
David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is a movie of ideas, or at least one idea.
Down and Dirty: Director Revels in the Violent Excess of 'Killer Joe'
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:48 a.m. 0 comments
If you’re waiting for a glimmer of redemption or even a fleeting moment of grace, you’ll still be waiting when the credits roll—Killer Joe is not that kind of movie.
Dead Alive: 'ParaNorman'’s Stop-Motion Charm Wins Over Even the Most Zombie-Weary
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:45 a.m. 1 comment
Like the rare couples-therapy weekend that doesn’t end in visions of bloody murder-suicide, ParaNorman has rekindled a love affair that had long since lurched its way into indifference.
Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy Inject New Blood Into the 'Bourne' Franchise
Published 8/15/2012 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
The first thing you need to know about The Bourne Legacy is this: It is not, in any meaningful sort of way, a Bourne movie. Jason Bourne’s shadow certainly looms large, but the elusive supersoldier himself never makes an appearance ...
'Farewell, My Queen': Visually Sumptuous But Dramatically Flat
Published 8/8/2012 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
Foppish finery. Palace intrigue. Creamy, swelling bosoms. Yep, it’s another film about life and love among the decadent elite in 18th-century France. Those elements may make you think of sensual costume dramas like 'Dangerous Liaisons'; they make me think of ...
Benh Zeitlin Builds a Fully Formed Fantasy World With 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
Published 8/1/2012 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
The world has ended a lot lately. We’ve seen doomsday scenarios brought on by vampires, viruses, aliens, comets, climate change, war, and any other calamity you can think of. Regardless of the method of our destruction, the outcome is usually ...
'The Dark Knight Rises": Thrilling, But Not as Smart as Its Predecessors
Published 7/25/2012 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments
In many regards, it’s an immense success, most strikingly in the degree to which it closes the series out by embracing what’s come before. In franchise-minded Hollywood, it’s unusual to see properties like this given leeway to tell a big ...
'Ice Age: Continental Drift': Strictly for Kids
Published 7/18/2012 at 11:47 a.m. 0 comments
It’s all very fast and very loud, but it’s never particularly engaging. Kids will love it and that is of course what matters the most—give the filmmakers credit for understanding their target audience—but is there any reason animated movies shouldn’t ...
Marc Webb’s Reboot of the Spider-Man Movie Franchise Survives Comparison to Sam Raimi’s Earlier Incarnation
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:29 a.m. 0 comments
Besides his serendipitous name, there wasn’t much about director Marc Webb that suggested he was the right choice to helm The Amazing Spider-Man.
Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum Strip Away the Cliches About Male Exotic Dancing in Magic Mike
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
at this point there’s no telling which Soderbergh would show up for Magic Mike, but the potential seemed there for something genuinely subversive.
Wes Anderson Blurs the Line Between Personal Vision and Stylistic Rehash in 'Moonrise Kingdom'
Published 6/27/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 1 comment
At times, Moonrise Kingdom plays out like Wes Anderson for Dummies, skimming the surface of this singular auteur’s cinematic finesse, rehashing ideas and themes he’s worked out with more clarity and substance in the past.
The Small Town of Carthage, Texas, Stars in Richard Linklater’s Elusive 'Bernie'
Published 6/20/2012 at 11:55 a.m. 0 comments
Bernie Tiede, the cheerful undertaker played to flouncy perfection by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s Bernie, is a nice guy. Sure, he shot a defenseless old lady to death at close range with a hunting rifle, but it was just ...
'Prometheus' Answers Some Questions But Raises More
Published 6/13/2012 at 11:29 a.m. 0 comments
From the title’s allusion to Greek mythology on down, Ridley Scott and screenwriters Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof are intent on bringing the director’s recent trademark of handsome self-seriousness to the production.
'Rowdy Rathore': A Textbook Intro to Bollywood's Action/Comedy/Melodrama
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments
It takes a special kind of man to scare the bejesus out of bad guys while wearing a purple polo shirt. Indian actor and stuntman Akshay Kumar is exactly that sort of guy in Rowdy Rathore, a frothy, violent Bollywood ...
Creepy Cult Thriller 'Sound of My Voice' Asks the Audience to Fill in Too Many Blanks
Published 5/30/2012 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
Sound of My Voice, a vaguely creepy and strangely bubbly thriller about a cult leader who could either be a savior from the future or a dangerous criminal (or perhaps both), has much in common with its enigmatic main character: ...