Jordan Chodorow reviews movies on a scale of zero to four stars. Find reviews of all the latest releases here, along with a searchable database of all reviews from January 2012 to today.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird
Steven-Charles Jaffe’s documentary “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird” lifts the veil on the 83-year-old cartoonist for The New Yorker and Playboy magazines, known for his lovingly rendered monsters and child’s-eye view of the world.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Approved for Adoption
"Approved for Adoption," a childhood remembrance by director Jung Henin, is a stylistic mishmash composed mostly of animation, with a few archival newsreels and a bit of newly-shot video footage of Henin today.
Half a dozen years ago, Lifetime ran a reality show called "Gay, Straight or Taken?" in which a bachelorette spent a day with three men and had to determine who was gay, who was straight and available, and who already had a girlfriend.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Tags: Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Woody Harrelson
The Great Beauty
Monday, November 25, 2013
Having set the bar for least screen time in an Oscar-winning performance in "Shakespeare in Love," Dame Judi Dench occupies almost every scene of the new tearjerker "Philomena," about an English nurse's search for the boy she was forced to give up for adoption fifty years earlier.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sunlight Jr., Go For Sisters, Aftermath
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Tags: Aftermath, Edward James Olmos, Go For Sisters, Ireneusz Czop, John Sayles, Laurie Collyer, LisaGay Hamilton, Maciej Sthur, Matt Dillon, Naomi Watts, Sunlight Jr., Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Yolonda Ross
Monday, November 18, 2013
Alexander Payne is the director of "Citizen Ruth," "Sideways," and "The Descendants." And now he's made a good movie.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Motel Life
Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky make their directorial debut with an adaptation of the fraternally themed Willy Vlautin novel "The Motel Life," about the peripatetic Flanagan boys, Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff).
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The better the movie, the harder it can be to put into words. Such is the case with Belgium’s entry for foreign-language Oscar consideration, the bluegrass-and-cancer uniquity “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”
The Book Thief
"The Book Thief," based on Markus Zusak's bestseller, takes us to Germany before and during WWII, where Rosa (Emily Watson) and Hans (Geoffrey Rush) await their two new foster children.
The Armstrong Lie
The Wind Rises
The legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has avowed that "The Wind Rises" will be his last film, and what a strange swan song it is.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" is the kind of movie that, even if you like, you wouldn't want to see more than once a year.
The New Black
Director Yoruba Richen brings solid production values and a commendable sense of fairness to the documentary "The New Black," about the black community's views on LGBTs and their rights, as seen through the prism of Maryland's Question 6, the first statewide marriage-equality voter referendum to prevail at the polls.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Costa-Gavras has come out from under some rock to make "Capital," a corporate thriller that clearly establishes he's never spent in a minute in a boardroom.
There are a few laughs in the sexagenarian WHIVSIV comedy "Last Vegas," flashes of wit among the warmed-over sentiment and tiresome plot machinations.
I was surprised how much antipathy I'd mustered by the end of "About Time," Richard Curtis' stupid and sexist British romcom.
Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey continues to reaffirm his status as the best working actor in Hollywood, filling in the gaps in Craig Borten's and Melisa Wallack's fairly thin script for "Dallas Buyers Club," about Ron Woodroof, a homophobic electrician diagnosed with HIV after blacking out on the job.
Friday, November 1, 2013
In the documentary “Blood Brother,” American Steve Hoover trains the camera on his best friend, Rocky Braat, who visited an AIDS hostel while on vacation in India and found his purpose, staying and making his life with the women and children of the village.
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