This old-fashioned film provides a glorious cinematic display of man vs. nature — although from Thor Heyerdahl’s perspective, he was more caught up in man vs. the scientific community.
Erased is a run-of-the-mill Bourne imitation in which covert operatives are desperate to tidy up a scheme in which American expat Ben Logan may be the only witness.
The dependable Australian actor Guy Pearce is always welcome, even in a well-meaning dud like “33 Postcards.”
Michael Shannon has basically rewritten the book on how to portray dark, volatile men in film with his unerring way of channeling rage and repression. But even Shannon has his work cut out for him in the new crime drama The Iceman.
French director Francois (“Potiche”) Ozon’s latest is an adaptation of a play, a satire of talent presented to those who don’t have it but recognize it, a spoof of mores and the writer’s craft, and a “bildungsroman” (coming-of-age tale) with hints of a creepy stalker-thriller about it.
Into Darkness picks up shortly after J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek prequel, as Captain James T. Kirk tries to balance his new authority aboard the Enterprise with his natural propensity for rule-breaking. Its not going well.
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann orchestrates a breakneck rave of machine-gun edits, swooping camera moves, lavish costumes, eccentric art direction and anachronistic soundtrack. But things slow down during the more satisfying second act, giving the characters and story a chance to breathe. The Great Gatsby becomes quite conventional, almost melodramatic, but it also becomes more human.
A self-referential, insider farce about the hunger for Hollywood stardom, Hes Way More Famous Than You is like its leading lady as unhinged as it is hilarious.
“Renoir” is a lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives.
In a remote roadhouse on a rural back road, the young couple (Laura Ramsey and Luke Evans), towing all their worldly possessions in a trailer for their crosscountry move, are just settling in for dinner when the thugs arrive. And theyre accosted. We dont want any trouble. When has that line ever dissuaded anyone from doing their worst? Never.
Theres a double meaning to the title of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, filmmaker Mira Nairs gripping and complex drama based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid about the roots of extremism.
Peeples is an African-American Meet the Parents that slips funnyman Craig Robinson into the Ben Stiller role. And, formulaic or not, its funny.
Its to director Chris Menauls credit that his lack of big-screen experience isnt evident, but the same cant be said for his cast who are, by and large, too stiff to charm.
Musics School of Hard Knocks produces another alumna in Filly Brown, a gritty and well-acted Latin hip-hop variation of a long reliable formula.
Lore finds a fascinating new perspective by telling its story of wartime danger and deprivation through the eyes of an adolescent poster child for the Hitler Youth.
No Place on Earth, a riveting documentary about a band of Ukrainian Jews who hid for 18 months in caves to escape the Nazis, makes you wonder how this extraordinary tale could have gone untold for more than half a century.
To the Wonder isnt the finest Terrence Malick film. But if its a failure, its the best kind.
The third Iron Man movie is the jokiest and cutest of them all. Its also far and away the most violent. But Robert Downey Jr. is as on the money as ever.
This true story starring Mark Wahlberg is filled with nonstop noise and violence, right down to the mandatory exploding car.
Before it turns lighter and fizzier, Ken Loach’s latest offers a pungently realistic portrait of hopelessness and frustration, which explode in vicious street fighting and petty crime.