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A Bag of Hammers A Bag of Hammers
, May 09, 2012
Ben (Jason Ritter) and Alan (Jake Sandvig) are young, criminal, and full of pop references in A Bag of Hammers, first-time writer/director Brian... More>>
Superheroes Bump Superegos in Joss Whedon's All-Star Avengers The Avengers
, May 02, 2012
At the start of Joss Whedon's long-awaited Marvel superhero supergroup flick, The Avengers, the Tesseract—a powerful, potentially dangerous... More>>
Transformations (and Costume-Changes) in Céline and Julie Go Boating and Marnie Transformations (and Costume-Changes) in Céline and Julie Go Boating and Marnie
, May 02, 2012
Godard once declared that "the history of cinema is the history of boys photographing girls." Jacques Rivette, JLG's New Wave confrere, upended... More>>
It's a Cooler World: Shirley Clarke's The Connection Back in Theaters It's a Cooler World: Shirley Clarke's The Connection Back in Theaters
, May 02, 2012
Shirley Clarke's The Connection is a faux document of a day in the life of a group of heroin addicts holed up in a one-room New York City squat,... More>>
Everyone's Looking for a Fix in Chronicling a Crisis Chronicling a Crisis
, May 02, 2012
At a midcareer impasse, Israeli director Amos Kollek turns the camera on himself, logging confessionals on his DV and walking the streets of... More>>
Last Call at the Oasis Last Call at the Oasis
, May 02, 2012
"We're screwed" is the overbearing subtext of so many environmental documentaries that it's a relief to hear someone just come out and say it in... More>>
You Hurt My Feelings You Hurt My Feelings
, May 02, 2012
John is not your typical nanny: He's a sad burly bear of a man who's devoid of both expression and enthusiasm. While caring for two roving... More>>
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
, May 02, 2012
The British have practically cornered the multiplex's senior demo (think Waking Ned Devine and Calendar Girls) and look to be continuing the run... More>>
Mother's Day Mother's Day
, May 02, 2012
The domestic-hostage film is the elimination-style reality-TV show of thriller movies, both of which offer the spectacle of personalities tested... More>>
A Little Bit of Heaven A Little Bit of Heaven
, May 02, 2012
A successful young New Orleans ad exec living a no-frills, booty-on-call, single-by-choice lifestyle, Marley Corbett has a sunny irreverence and... More>>
Jesus Henry Christ Jesus Henry Christ
, May 02, 2012
"Egg, meet sperm. Sperm, my mother." And so it is that 10-year-old Henry James Herman (Jason Spevack) introduces his mother, Patricia (Toni... More>>
The Perfect Family The Perfect Family
, May 02, 2012
There's a vague echo of John Waters's film Serial Mom in director Anne Renton's The Perfect Family. But where Waters's satiric look at the... More>>
First Position First Position
, May 02, 2012
The nonfiction formula pioneered by Spellbound leads to frustrating superficiality in First Position, a glossy documentary about a multicultural... More>>
Deep In the Heart of Texas with Richard Linklater's Bernie Bernie
, April 25, 2012
Richard Linklater's Bernie is the rarest of rarities: a truly unexpected film. It might be classified as a black comedy, for it deals with the... More>>
Once Upon a Movie Dreary The Raven
The Raven is not the Poe drama you deserve
, April 25, 2012
At the height of his literary fame, Edgar Allan Poe, who popularized cryptography in his story “The Gold Bug,” was so renowned as a... More>>
Jason Segel Struggles with Weather, Relationship in The Five-Year Engagement The Five-Year Engagement
, April 25, 2012
There is exactly one unexpected moment in the otherwise drearily predictable The Five-Year Engagement that, though little more than a throwaway... More>>
The Myth of the Happy Hooker Debunked in Blunt and Beautiful Whores' Glory Whores' Glory
, April 25, 2012
As with meat processing and politics, the day-to-day drama, tedium, and heartbreak of prostitution have little to do with our spoon-fed fantasies... More>>
Deeper Into the Abyss: On Death Row with Werner Herzog Death Row Portraits
, April 25, 2012
Unlikely as it might have seemed 25 years ago, when his documentary jones took off but his "career" was idling in neutral, Werner Herzog has... More>>
Brit Marling is Back from the Future in Sound of My Voice Sound of My Voice
, April 25, 2012
Twentysomething Silver Lake couple Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius) talk their way into an unnamed cult that meets in the... More>>
Safe Safe
, April 25, 2012
The pulpy scenarios change, but squinty action hero Jason Statham remains chiseled, coiled, and ready to hurl himself into scores of grimacing... More>>
The Broken Tower The Broken Tower
, April 25, 2012
The Broken Tower, James Franco's MFA thesis film at NYU, stars the professional graduate-degree collector as Hart Crane, the American poet who... More>>
Payback Payback
, April 25, 2012
With its novel approach and wider-than-usual scope, this riff on Margaret Atwood's 2008 book-length essay, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of... More>>
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
, April 25, 2012
A deeply archived and circumspect history of the Joffrey dance company, Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance does a perfect white swan but has... More>>
96 Minutes 96 Minutes
, April 25, 2012
Cutting between a carjacking gone wrong and the earlier-in-the-day events leading up to it, 96 Minutes weaves together separate-strand story... More>>
Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story
, April 25, 2012
Racism, rebellion, and filmmaking ethics intertwine in Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, a documentary by Raymond De Felitta that focuses on a... More>>
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