The British heist movie "Wasteland" aspires to the level of good Guy Ritchie - say, a crowd-pleaser such as "RocknRolla." It's well below that standard - it would need more humor and a much tighter plot - but a passable evening's entertainment, preferably on the tube.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
"The To Do List" is the first teen comedy in a good while to possess the humor, truthfulness and heart of the better works of John Hughes.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Please don’t be put off by hearsay that “Blue Jasmine” is one of Woody Allen’s “serious” films. Rest assured that while “Jasmine” offers a breathtakingly credible portrayal of a woman on the verge, it also provides copious quantities of huge laughs.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
In 1956, Frank Sinatra released an instrumental album of twelve pieces he called "tone poems of color," and that's what "Only God Forgives," the newest collaboration between "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling is, a tone poem of the color red.
Monday, July 22, 2013
No movie this year has had a stronger emotional effect on me than Gabriela Cowperthwaite's devastating documentary "Blackfish," about orcas held in captivity by Sea World and its ilk, an industry founded on inhuman cruelty, avarice without limit, and lies, lies, lies.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
“Red 2” is yet another sequel that’s better than the original, though in this case not quite enough better to recommend running out and paying movie-theater prices. You won’t be upset, though, if you rent it.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Chilean director Sebastián Silva ("The Maid") brings us a hallucinogenic road comedy that's slight and nearly formless but rings true and contains the funniest line of any movie yet this year.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
There’s not a lot of blood coursing through the veins of “Still Mine,” which stars James Cromwell and the rarely-seen-anymore Geneviève Bujold as one of those couples who’ve been married since the dawn of time.
“Fruitvale Station” begins with cellphone video footage of the notorious homicide of young ex-con Oscar Grant on a BART platform on New Year’s Day 2009 by a typical police officer – that is to say, an idiot, coward and thug – who couldn’t figure out how to stop a fistfight that was already over without killing somebody.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
|The Look of Love|
|You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!|
Props to director Michael Winterbottom and his production design for evocatively recreating the London of the mod 1960's for "The Look of Love," the new biopic about the English porn king Paul Raymond. Unfortunately, his movie never swings.
Monday, July 8, 2013
I call bullshit on every frame of "The Way Way Back," the kind of ersatz coming-of-age comedy that wants to be petted like a dog but makes you want to kick it instead.
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" is Drew DeNicola's and Oliva Mori's nearly two-hour tribute to the early-70's power-pop band Big Star, whose three albums bombed spectacularly upon release but have gained cult followings in the ensuing decades, all three making Rolling Stone's list of the top 500 of all time.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
|Despicable Me 2|
|Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain|
The directors of “Despicable Me 2” are Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. The names do not surprise me. This franchise is based on that inimitable Gallic sense of humor – that everybody hates.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Director Ziad Doueiri frames "The Attack" through the lens of Dr. Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), a highly accomplished surgeon of Palestinian descent living and working in Tel Aviv where, as the movie opens, he is to receive a prestigious award for his medical practice.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|White House Down|
|I'm So Excited!|
|The Stroller Strategy|