Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ex Machina, Manos Sucias

Ex Machina
Manos Sucias

Reviews on two new films from the art house:

Clouds of Sils Maria

Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" is the best, richest, most intellectually stimulating film so far this year, with thrillingly alive performances by the indispensable Juliette Binoche as a legendary actress named Maria Enders and Kristen Stewart as Maria's personal assistant, Valentine (pronounced Valen-teen). Here's a smart person's entertainment that leaves you with a great deal to think and talk about after the lights go up.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Woman in Gold, Effie Gray

Woman in Gold
Effie Gray

Even as a critical filmgoer perceives the flaws in Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold,” about the late Maria Altmann’s efforts to recover Gustav Klimt’s iconic portrait of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, which painting had been seized by the Nazis, he cannot deny its effectiveness or pretend to be surprised by the warm ovation it garners.