Getting into the holiday spirit, the critics look at the new religious epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, its competing epic The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, Wild, based on the memoir by Portland writer Cheryl Strayed, the gay comedy Life Partners, the Italian political comedy Viva La Liberta, and various local events.
For its 121st webisode, the On the Aisle team preps for the onslaught of Xmas movies with some nostalgia and peeks at national identity. Among the films are a revival of Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour, plus the new western written by, starring, and directed by Tommy Lee Jones, called The Homesman. There is a […]
As the holidays – and the holiday movies – pile up, the team takes on several non-holiday or pre-holiday oddities, including Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3-D, the gay coming-of-age tale, The Way He Looks, the sequel Dumb and Dumber To, and the short film noir series, with titles such as I Wake Up Screaming and Niagara.
Gathering up two weeks of movies, the team tackles Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, the political drama Rosewater, the Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, a documentary and a drama about jazz musicians, Keep On Keepin’ On and Low Down, the Swedish family crisis drama Force Majeur, the two-hander WWII drama Diplomacy, the French New […]
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 […]