Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Closed Curtain, Lucy

Closed Curtain

In 2012, Jafar Panahi, the celebrated Iranian director banned from filmmaking by his government, gave us a peek at life under house arrest in the cinematic art-object "This is Not a Film," one of a trio of films that year (including Joshua Marston's superior "The Forgiveness of Blood" and Marc Simon's four-star documentary "Unraveled") to explore the subject.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Origins, Wish I Was Here, Sex Tape, Mood Indigo, Planes: Fire & Rescue

I Origins
Wish I Was Here

Sex Tape
Mood Indigo

Planes: Fire & Rescue (my rating)

Planes: Fire & Rescue (Big Scruffy's and Little Scruffy's rating)

Reviews on five of the week's new movies:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Siddharth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

In "Siddharth," director Richie Mehta uses one family's crisis to paint a vivid portrait of contemporary India.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Life Itself, Gabrielle, The Pleasures of Being / Out of Step, Violette, Beyond the Edge, Venus in Fur

Life Itself

The Pleasures of Being / Out of Step

Beyond the Edge
Venus in Fur

I'm way behind on last week's movies, so these will have to be very short capsules:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Best (and Worst) Films of the First Half of 2014

At the halfway mark of a relatively poor year in movies, let's pause to review the highlights in feature and documentary film, starting with the cream of the crop: