Intersteller is the film of the week, and the reviewers have a scale of reactions, but first they consider other new films, such as the recent Daniel Radcliff horror film Horns, the new animation Big Hero 6, the new comedy Laggies, the documentaries CitizenFour and Art and Craft.
High praises issues forth from our reviewers for Birdman, the new Michael Keaton film about a former superhero star trying to make a comeback on Broadway, and for Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a video papparazzi. Also on hand are reviews of Whiplash, about the tense contest between a jazz drummer student and his teacher; […]
The screening season is heating up, and our reviewers this week catch up with the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent, the action film John Wick, the animé Tale of Princess Kayuga, the campus race comedy Dear White People, and a few of the documentaries from the Human Rights on Film program.
A reduced team offers up considerations of the new WWII tank film Fury, the social problem film Men Women and Children, the horror prequel Annabelle, The Green Prince, about the middle east, and the Nick Cave documentary 20, 000 Days on Earth.
Gone Girl isn’t just the new thriller by David Fincher based on a wildly popular and controversial book. It is many more movies in one. It’s an object lesson in how to take a potentially complex and unwieldy novel and condense it to pleasing movie size. It’s a casting puzzle similar to earlier such exercises […]
The team catches up with Gone Girl, along with the new Simon Pegg comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness; the Patricia Highsmith adaptation Two Faces of January; two documentaries, one on the oil industry called Pump, and the other called Last Days in Vietnam, about the evacuation in 1975; Tracks, based on the Robyn […]
This week our cinema specialists examine the sibling dramedy The Skeleton Twins, the action knock off The Equalizer, the Polish drama The Notebook, the new animated feature The Boxtrolls, and in revivals, Gone with the Wind, Last Tango in Paris, and a show curated by Martin Scorsese called Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, including in its […]
In a funny recent article at The Vulture, Kyle Buchanan writes about the strange phenomenon of “doppelgänger movies,” or films that have a similar theme or setting or story that lies somewhere between coincidence and zeitgeist. From Dante’s Peak-Volcano to Gravity-All Is Lost, Hollywood does have a habit of issuing twin topics simultaneously. Mr. Buchanan […]
Down a contributor, this week’s team looks at the YA dystopian adventure The Maze Runner, Terry Gilliam’s new dystopia The Zero Theorum, the family comedy This is Where I Leave You, the Paris love letter My Old Lady, the Lawrence Block adaptation, A Walk Among the Tombstones, the advocacy documentary Second Opinion, and a host […]