Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Here, in alphabetical order, are my top five, each of which earned 3.5 out of 4 stars:
Ted 2, A Little Chaos, Infinitely Polar Bear, Eden, Glass Chin, 3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets, Batkid Begins
|A Little Chaos|
|Infinitely Polar Bear|
|3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets|
|Ted 2 (Scruffies' rating)|
Ultra-quick capsules (sounds like an antihistamine ad) on a mostly poor week of movies:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
|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.
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
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.
Monday, June 15, 2015
|Live From New York!|
|Love at First Fight|
Capsules on a mostly poor week of movies:
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, The Farewell Party, Results, Testament of Youth
|The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared|
|The Farewell Party|
|Testament of Youth|
Just quick capsules on the week's arthouse releases (or I'd never catch up):
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
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.”