The best film about an American poet ever made
Ferrini and Riaf present the complex American literary figure Charles Olson in a clear way by focusing not on the facts of his life but on the facts of his work.
Deadpan that just feels dead
Just in case any insensitive pricks forgot, Jeff Garlin is around to remind them that fatties get picked on long after junior high.
Slyly persuasive Errol-Morris-style
Brazil reels from corruption, poverty, and violence, but it remains perversely functional.
A messy sado-school movie
Thornton chucking balls at kids is funnier — until it just feels cruel.
Screwing America one gun-slinger at a time
I had hoped, America, that you and I had outgrown a knife in the face and a one-liner coup de grâce equal parts Elmore Leonard and Bruce Vilanch.
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
David Cronenberg revises History
Eastern Promises begins with uncanny images of birth and death, equally raw and bloody.
The Boston Film Festival: work in progress
As of press time, the 23rd Boston Film Festival was still shaping up.
Julie Taymor reinvents the Beatles
What would the world be like with Beatles music but no Beatles?
They don't get much worse than this
An all-out war between Hume and his gangland prey culminates in a ridiculously over-the-top shootout in an abandoned mental hospital.
Oh, the horror
I have seen the origin of evil, and it’s feral, yet strangely . . . adorable.
A bad break-up movie
Maybe this effort is just an awkward patch in a filmmaker’s development.
Unfamiliarizing the most familiar
Allie Humenuk’s quiet documentary follows Morrell, who’s a professor at MassArt, over seven years in an examination of his process.
A classic slasher eye roller
One misshapen maybe-man/maybe-ghost stalks a group of pretty young things and rips their limbs off with generous plumes of blood spray and strewn entrails.
It seeped like a cancer into his modestly expanded take on Elmore Leonard’s short two-hander set within the confined time and space of a hotel room.
A dénouement aching with ambiguity
The scandal of the sex-slave market pops up on the news long enough to titillate, but who wants to go into depressing and complex details?
And they don't go anywhere
Nonetheless, certain images, like two people in a tub playing the 1812 Overture on trumpets, are worth the visit.
Isolation in the swollen seas
The challenge: sail around the world single-handed without stopping, 33,000 miles and 10 months of solitude, waves, and horizon.
The dumber the better
Despite the stilted dialogue, the porn-star-quality acting, and the incoherent stitching together of action sequences, War does stir some interest.
Ineptitude and idiocy
Let’s just say Brian De Palma’s Scarface has a lot to answer for.
Rapid cuts and a hand-held camera jumble the image — something can be discerned, but what?
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