Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

In the oddly punctuated "Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," Michael Keaton plays a Hollywood has-been named Riggan Thompson taking one last stab at seriousness as a Broadway hyphenate, pouring the last drabs of his comic-book movie fortune into a Raymond Carver adaptation and watching - with half desperation, half resignation - as it threatens to crumble before opening.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


You may be forgiven for wondering whether time has stopped during David Ayer’s “Fury,” a fun-free zone and a compendium of stock characters and war-movie clichés.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Web Junkie, St. Vincent, Whiplash, Kill the Messenger, The Judge

Web Junkie
St. Vincent


Kill the Messenger
The Judge

Terrific performances by Jeremy Renner, Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. highlight a mixed week at the movies:

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Good Lie

A rather bad lie precedes "The Good Lie" into theaters: its misleading advertising campaign, which suggests a Sudanese "The Blind Side" with Reese Witherspoon in the Sandy Bullock part of the white savior.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gone Girl

The movie of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” might have worked – at all – if even one of its characters behaved in a remotely believable way, if director David Fincher showed an ounce of respect for his audience’s intelligence, or if he invested a single female character with a trace of likability or dimension. There have been worse, less watchable films this year, but perhaps no bigger disappointment.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Men, Women & Children

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" aims to elucidate the dissonance between the copacetic personae we craft online and our true, emotionally damaged selves - the same terrain farmed in last year's "Disconnect."