This week, the team welcomes back Ed with reviews of the The Martian, Sicario, The Walk, Coming Home, Goodnight Mommy, Finders Keepers, We Come as Friends, and mentions of the Portland Queer Film Festival, and the Lovecraft Film Festival.
This week the three-legged team offers critiques of Time Out of Mind, with Richard Gere as a homeless man; Meet the Patels, a documentary about a nutty family; Wildlike, an indie journey tale; and Stonewall, about the birth of the gay rights movement.
This week there is a diversity of opinion over Black Mass, about Boston criminal James Bulger, the unnecessary Everest, Lily Tomlin in Grandma, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the latest YA adaptation, the romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People, the documentary The Man Who Saved the World, and Home from Home, the prequel to Heimat.
This week the full complement discuss A Walk in the Woods, based on the Bill Bryson book, the indie New-Yorker-getting-divorced tale Learning to D rive, and the documentaries Meru, about mountain climbing, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.
Several indie and minor Hollywood releases this week, as the staff look at No Escape, the thriller set in Thailand; Digging for Fire, from mumblechoirist Joe Swanberg; the end of the world drama Z for Zachariah and the post-apocalyptic Turbo Kid; and the musical We Are Your Friends.
In this week’s quorum, the team looks at The Look of Silence, a sequel or companion to The Act of Killing; the new action slacker comedy, American Ultra, with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart; Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s illustrated novel; Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet, animated by multiple cartoonists, including Joan… More
This week’s films consist of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer trying to fill the Guccis of Solo and Ilya; the music biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the group NWA; the much derided comic book adaptation Fantastic Four; three thrillers: Tom at the Farm, by Quebec wunderkinder Xavier Dolan; Cop Car with Kevin Bacon; and Phoenix, German director Christian Petzold’s… More
When the BBC released the results of its poll of an unknown number of international critics about their favorite American movies, Alfred Hitchcock made the list five times – for Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Notorious … and Marnie (at number 47). This placement sparked the usual groaning. Why Marnie and not Rear Window? Of… More
A few Xmases ago, I had the unusual pleasure of meeting some Von Trapps. The two sisters and a brother were at a large festive party with much singing, and I ended up talking to them about the recently broadcast live version of Sound of Music on NBC. No, they didn’t get any money for… More