Jun 17, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is something to see, a smart, elegant, fast-moving romantic intrigue filled with the spirit and surprise of the best storytelling. It’s that rare film of a Sha...
Jun 17, 2013

The East

What I like about Brit Marling, who co-wrote (with director Zal Batmanglij) and stars in THE EAST, is that you can see her thinking, not in a mugging, brow-wrinkling, eyes-going-wide way, but in the f...
May 26, 2013

Frances Ha

Perhaps the smartest thing about FRANCES HA, which was written and directed by Noah Baumbach, is the importance it attaches to the characters in their down time. The film is basically about the young ...
May 15, 2013

The Great Gatsby

I saw Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY through 3D glasses, and I would not have seen it any other way. The whimsical unreality of it, the whole cinematic pop-up book of staggered planes and optically...
May 8, 2013

Sun Don’t Shine

You know right off from the opening images of Amy Seimetz’s SUN DON’T SHINE that this is another tale of what is called in our political parlance “red America” and its characteristic pathologi...
Apr 28, 2013

To the Wonder • Tree of Life

There was a time when the spiritual dimension of Terrence Malick’s films was palpable but not in a way that overwhelmed the experience of ordinary life. He portrayed the sort of beauty that any of u...
Apr 4, 2013

Blancanieves

Black-and-white filmmaking can be ravishingly beautiful, and Pablo Berger’s BLANCANIEVES had me from start-to-finish by virtue of its images alone. The title is Spanish for “Snow White,” the sto...
Mar 27, 2013

Todos tenemos un plan

There is an implicit moral cynicism in the title of this engrossing film from Argentina, which in Spanish is called TODOS TENEMOS UN PLAN. We all have a plan, a game to play, a scam, perhaps, things w...
Mar 17, 2013

Stoker

STOKER is creepy. The images are put together in such a way as to make it seem that the full picture is perpetually out of reach. There is always something out of frame, or out of order, or seen only ...
Mar 13, 2013

Ginger & Rosa

The pleasure I took in Sally Potter’s GINGER & ROSA was deep, and a little quiet, more the sort that I associate with burying myself in a novel than going to a movie. The film felt as though it ...