Movie Review
The ‘Til Death Do Us Part  story in Wild Tales (Relajes Salvages) features Erica Rivas and Diego Gentile.

Wild Tales from Argentina

Whichever anonymous Old Testament author coined the phrase “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord” was dispensing sage advice. One of the lessons that wise people learn from experience is that the taste of…

Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

Timothy Spall is simultaneously repellent and spellbinding in Mr. Turner

Having now finally seen Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, I need to add another name to my list of performances worthy of a Best Actor Oscar that didn’t even get shortlisted among the nominees….

Losing her mind, finding her essence

For all the eminently justifiable hand-wringing about the persistent disproportionately low number of toothsome Hollywood roles for women, one can’t help noticing that some years seem to be especially juicy ones for male…

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending

The mesmerizing mishmash of Jupiter Ascending

First things first: If, in spite of all the reviews that are piling up utterly trashing the Wachowski siblings’ new space epic Jupiter Ascending, you still plan to go see it, if only…

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

J. K. Simmons terrorizes aspiring jazz musicians terrifically in Whiplash

What makes a great cinema villain? On paper we look for a bit of nuance and moral ambiguity, but on the big screen, we tend to like our bad guys to be at…

Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

American Sniper offers simplistic view of Iraq War, veterans’ issues

Confession: I’m reviewing American Sniper this week only because every new movie opening last week was getting uniformly abysmal reviews elsewhere. Normally I’m reluctant to let any of my entertainment budget flow into…

Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei in Blackhat

Slick cyberterrorism thriller Blackhat is mostly empty calories

It’s always a little intriguing when a new movie is released and its reviews are all over the map, from one star to five. What did one critic see in this flick, one…

Rob Marshall adapts Sondheim’s Into the Woods to the silver screen

Fairyland has long been the setting for human nightmares as well as our frothier, happier dreams. Plumbing the dark side of fairytales and their Jungian archetypes on the page, onstage and onscreen has…

Ian McKellen in The Battle of Five Armies.

The Battle of Five Armies brings Jackson’s Middle Earth tour to worthy finale

There is something so simultaneously satisfying and melancholy about coming to the last page of a great novel – especially when the reader knows that the author is deceased and there is no…

Redmayne channels Hawking spectacularly

With both films receiving wide theatrical release nearly simultaneously, it’s difficult to write about James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything without doing a “compare and contrast” with another serious film…

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