Oh, Batfleck. How did you nosedive from Oscar-winning Best Picture director (which is water-cooler distinct from Best Director, for Argo) to agreeing to don a superhero costume (again!) to starring as a corrupt badass in a throwaway film such as Runner Runner in the space of a year? Ben Affleck, you are not a corrupt [...]
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In Ron Howard’s Rush, Chris Hemsworth is the charismatic feel-gooder who, with his shining eyes and swoony smile, will fill the seats playing 1970s British Formula 1 racing legend James Hunt. The lesser-known Daniel Brühl, as Hunt’s Austrian rival/frenemy Niki Lauda, goes head-to-head, both fictionally and professionally, with the actor best known to audiences as [...]
DC Shorts' Showcase 7 largely skews serious—except when it focuses on mimes, in which case it’s just irritating. Three of the eight tell of strained parent-child relationships; there’s a documentary about a group who tends to dogs in an impoverished area; and a nearly incomprehensible, sort of doc-like drama about a Malaysian man who...does something [...]
See DC Shorts' Showcase 6 to laugh. Or be charmed. Or be moved by stories of love—which are funny and charming. But politics and international social commentary? Perhaps too complex for a 17-minute film. Likewise, sometimes freaky tales need a bit more context. But the failures in this showcase breeze by so quickly you may [...]
You know how young, handsome guys are always trying to bash each other’s faces in because they’re screwing the other guy’s mother? No? Well, such a soap-opera-ready love quadrangle is possible—and treated quite earnestly—in Adore, directed and co-adapted by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel). Perhaps you’re thinking that "adapted" is an awfully formal word to [...]
In 2001, Amélie introduced Audrey Tautou to the world. But if just the thought of that film and its cloyingly cute star makes your teeth hurt, the antidote is Thérèse. The late Claude Miller’s final, leisurely drama, which he adapted along with Natalie Carter from a novel (though it’s also a remake of a 1962 [...]
“Dumb fucks.” That’s what Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an IM chat with a friend shortly after launching Facebook, offering his redacted pal all manner of data on the social networking site’s then-4,000 users.
At least that’s what director Cullen Hoback claims in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a documentary on what its title spells out—the legalities [...]
When you’re at a party and higher than the stars, chances are you’re either in the mood for group hugs or bashing your fist into the nearest face. Crystal Fairy, written and directed by Sebastian Silva (2009’s The Maid), centers on Jamie (Michael Cera), who feels the former one night and the latter the next [...]
A chorus of elderly people singing "Let’s Talk About Sex" or dressed as metalheads while performing "Ace of Spades" isn’t all that funny. (Condescending, yes. Feel-good, no.) But that's what's offered as comic relief in writer-director Paul Andrew Williams’ weepie Unfinished Song.
Let’s get the script’s catalyst out of the way: The cancer-stricken Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), [...]
Did you know that when Jack Torrance meets his new boss in The Shining, the boss’ nether region lines up perfectly with a stack of papers to make him look like he has a hard-on? Or that the rug patterns of the hotel imply sex? Or that director Stanley Kubrick inserted a photograph of himself [...]