Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Wolfpack, The Face of an Angel

The Wolfpack
The Face of an Angel

Shall I be the first one to say it? Okay, I will, but when I do, remember this: I love documentary film.

Here goes: there are too many of them.


So, by way of "Dope," let me tell you about a little Scottish movie from ten years ago or so called "Dear Frankie."

The Overnight

Writer-director Patrick Brice's fragile and ephemeral 80-minute "The Overnight" walks a daring and transgressive line through the minefields of marriage, sexual attraction and the loosening of inhibitions. Exciting, full of truth, and so funny I almost choked at one point, it's sure to make my list of the year's best films.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Inside Out

The best sequence in the Pixar oeuvre is the montage of Carl and Ellie’s life together early in “Up,” four wordless minutes (even the music grows ever quieter) of brilliantly curated moments that can reduce the most hulking brute to mush. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love & Mercy

To borrow a quip from Manohla Dargis' review of "Boyhood," co-starring her un-favorite Ethan Hawke, Bill Pohlad's "Love & Mercy" seems to achieve the impossible: it makes Paul Dano bearable.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


You'll laugh your head off at "Spy," in which the team of star Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig, who've given us "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," again prove to have their fingers on the pulse of contemporary comedy. "Spy" is at once familiar and fresh, profane and tender, slapstick and subtle. It's richly conceived, with a heaping handful of memorable characters inhabited by gifted actors.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Gemma Bovery

Anne Fontaine, the director of the scandalous and sexy “Adore” (2013), takes us to provincial northern France, near Rouen in Normandy, for the clever (if slight) “Gemma Bovery.”