Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Bad Santa ripoff
As for infusing the ol’ ho-ho-ho, the most Christmasy moments for this reviewer arose whenever a nearby critic groaned, “Oh Christ!”
Temple captures the chaos of Strummer’s early years, with overlays of interviews with him and footage from the era.
Better than fairy-tale straightjackets
Depression it is.
Prisoners in cane fields
Such an inspiring figure might invoke martyrdom, but Haney’s treatment is unsentimental, allowing the harrowing truth to speak for itself.
Indoctrination over drama
Just because the debate over Iraq isn’t taking place anywhere else doesn’t mean you should put it in a movie.
Berling’s sublime face almost succeeds in overcoming the Oprah-ish resolutions at the end.
The Coens step back in No Country for Old Men
At heart, the Coen Brothers’ movies are about death — arbitrary, relentless, insidiously clever, with a gallows sense of humor.
Bloody shootouts nearly taint the broth
Johnny To’s pistol-blazing follow-up to Election and Triad Election reunites him with much of the cast from his cinematic diptych.
Hokey charms and convictions
Jonathan Demme’s latest documentary chronicles the controversial 2006 book tour by the former president.
An uncool conventional film
It’s interested in the scene — and as scene movies go, it’s a clunker.
Ridley Scott packages American Gangster
American Gangster , Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Mark Jacobson’s New York magazine article about ’70s Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, is as generic as the title.
A cough-syrup trip through the myth of Cobain
Now this is interesting.
Get out your hankies
John Cusack has held up well for a man in his third decade of Hollywood hustling.
Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
More gory pranks
Jigsaw has a new apprentice, and the apprentice has a battery of scratchy videotapes explaining how to escape if you wake up in an iron maiden or the like.
The horrors of the "shark-fin mafia"
Watson is briefly shown here clashing with pirates, only to be sued for doing so.
An art film about family
Gearon garnered enormous amounts of attention — both good and bad — when nude photos of her young kids went up in a London gallery.
Skiing in a relentlessly-cut-to-heavy-metal format
Playground loses the intimacy that the similarly fashioned Endless Summer surfer series achieved.
From comedy to crap
What's wrong with Steve Carrell?
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