From worst to best:
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
In Steph Green's Irish import "Run & Jump," Vanetia Casey (Maxine Peake) brings her husband Conor (Edward Macliam - now there's a UK name) home from the hospital after an unexpected stroke from which he will never fully recover.
"Wordplay" director Patrick Creadon's new documentary "If You Build It" concerns business and life partners Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, who bring their community-based design ethic to the high school in Windsor, the seat of rural Bertie County, North Carolina's poorest.
Director Hirokazu Koreeda, who bored us with "After Life" (1998) and "I Wish" (2012), returns with "Like Father, Like Son," which is if nothing else at least twice as good as the 1987 Dudley Moore-Kirk Cameron comedy of the same name.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Two stars is overly generous for the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube cop comedy “Ride Along,” but it’s so much more enjoyable than “G.B.F.” or “The Rocket,” I can’t squeeze them into the same star rating.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I’m floored by the 100% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score for Kim Mordaunt's “The Rocket,” an egregious example of the critical bias in favor of foreign films.
Three high-school social queens compete for what magazines tell them is the hottest new accessory – a gay best friend – in the aggressively unfunny comedy “G.B.F.”
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Giuseppe Tornatore, who wrote and directed the affectionate tribute to moviegoing “Cinema Paradiso” in 1990 and also made my top-ten list with “Malena” in 2000, returns with a film I enjoyed thoroughly and admire more the more I think of it.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The English actress Alice Eve plays Chloe, a cash-strapped single mother who runs a roadside motel (frequented by druggies and prostitutes) in upstate New York and, to the consternation of social services, lives there with her young daughter Sophia (Ursula Parker) in “Cold Comes the Night.”
The gentleman at the end of our row laughed so hard during Francesca Gregorini’s “The Truth About Emanuel” that I feared he might choke on his popcorn. Unfortunately, the film is not a comedy.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I awarded three stars to each of 35 films this year, and I could envision almost any of them on my honorable mention list. I’ll confine myself, though, to the three films this year that earned 3.5 stars but just missed my top-ten list. In alphabetical order, they are…
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
So many choices, I had to double up in a lot of places.
Here are my choices for the ten best – and single worst – documentaries of 2013.
The line often blurs between leading and supporting roles, and between comedy and drama. That said, here are my votes for some of the best movie performances of 2013. I hope you’ll seek out the work of all of these great artists, including those whose names are less familiar to you.