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The Sex in Immoral Tales Is Spectacular, but the Perspective is Filthy The Sex in Immoral Tales Is Spectacular, but the Perspective is Filthy
, December 10, 2014
Your chances of enjoying Immoral Tales, an alternately amusing and unpleasant omnibus porn-comedy, increase exponentially if you treat the film... More>>
Kathleen Chalfant Breaks From Type in Isn't It Delicious Kathleen Chalfant Breaks From Type in Isn't It Delicious
, December 10, 2014
With her crisp diction and no-nonsense demeanor, Kathleen Chalfant is often cast as the voice of reason. She appears onscreen at pivotal moments,... More>>
Weep for the Mopey Finnish Architect of Theo's House, Who Calls New Buildings 'Stillborns' Weep for the Mopey Finnish Architect of Theo's House, Who Calls New Buildings 'Stillborns'
, December 10, 2014
Theo's House, a film by Finnish director Rax Rinnekangas, captures the moral reckoning of Theo (Hannu-Pekka Björkman), a beefy middle-aged... More>>
The Color of Time Is 85 Minutes of James Franco Having His Way With Another Lit Icon The Color of Time Is 85 Minutes of James Franco Having His Way With Another Lit Icon
, December 10, 2014
In his recent tear through an AP American Lit syllabus, James Franco has played poets Allen Ginsberg and Hart Crane and adapted William... More>>
Urgent Doc Do You Know What My Name Is? Examines the Toll of Alzheimer's Urgent Doc Do You Know What My Name Is? Examines the Toll of Alzheimer's
, December 10, 2014
A small, intimate film about a massive issue, the affecting doc Do You Know What My Name Is? is one of a growing number of movies (nonfiction and... More>>
Tip Top Is the French Crime/Sex Police Dramedy You Didn't Know You Wanted Tip Top Is the French Crime/Sex Police Dramedy You Didn't Know You Wanted
, December 10, 2014
Serge Bozon's smart, surprising, marvelously realized French crime-and-sex police drama/comedy distinguishes itself with trenchant plotting,... More>>
HBO's Getting On is the Brainiest (and Fartiest) Comedy You're Not Watching HBO's Getting On is the Brainiest (and Fartiest) Comedy You're Not Watching
, December 03, 2014
Hospitals are depressing. Until recently, medical shows glossed over this basic fact of life by focusing on the most glamorous clique within... More>>
Life Partners' Pals Make Up and Break Up Without the Hookup Life Partners' Pals Make Up and Break Up Without the Hookup
Friends are the benefit.
, December 03, 2014
Susanna Fogel's Life Partners starts with a vehicular meet-cute: Paige (Gillian Jacobs) cuts off Sasha (Leighton Meester), causing the aggrieved... More>>
Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild
Where the Wild Reese Is
, December 03, 2014
For reasons that are perhaps understandable, stories about women finding themselves — or their voices, or their inner courage, or any... More>>
Israeli Comedy Zero Motivation is a Female Office Space for the Intifada Israeli Comedy Zero Motivation is a Female Office Space for the Intifada
, December 03, 2014
The thing about hating your job and not giving a shit is that it can happen to anyone, anytime — it might even explain the longueurs late... More>>
She's Beautiful When She's Angry Captures the Women Who Changed It All She's Beautiful When She's Angry Captures the Women Who Changed It All
, December 03, 2014
On October 8, 2012, Rush Limbaugh — the radio host and resentment profiteer — said this to a listener who had called to complain... More>>
Concerning Violence Is a Devastating Essay of Colonization Concerning Violence Is a Devastating Essay of Colonization
Rise of the Wretched
, December 03, 2014
Göran Hugo Olsson's profound essay doc aspires to upset in the truest sense. As its vintage footage of the cruelties of colonial life shocks... More>>
Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End
Middle-Earth Mortal Kombat
, December 03, 2014
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end... More>>
Doc Poverty Inc. Fails to Inform or Guide Doc Poverty Inc. Fails to Inform or Guide
, December 03, 2014
Robert Reich must be appalled. Reich, an economist who’s served in the administrations of three presidents and an outspoken critic of the... More>>
Director Sam Esmail's Debut Comet Is Beautiful but His Characters Yammer Director Sam Esmail's Debut Comet Is Beautiful but His Characters Yammer
, December 03, 2014
Sam Esmail’s first film has a visual assurance that suggests the arrival of a gifted director, but the characters he’s created are so... More>>
Artflick A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness Lets You Pick the Meaning Artflick A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness Lets You Pick the Meaning
, December 03, 2014
Landscapes and lyric conundrums distinguish the first two-thirds of this find-your-own-meaning artflick, which unfurls like some stranger's life... More>>
Sad Artist Finds a Girl in the Self-Serious Billy Bates Sad Artist Finds a Girl in the Self-Serious Billy Bates
, December 03, 2014
Billy (James Wirt), the anguished painter writhing and moaning through Billy Bates, is what trailer-speak might call a "tortured artist" —... More>>
1975's The Beast Works Best as a Grotesque Bestial-Sex Comedy 1975's The Beast Works Best as a Grotesque Bestial-Sex Comedy
, December 03, 2014
Winningly grotesque bestial-sex comedy The Beast works best when it's a shockingly vivid porno rather than a sleepy the-rich-eat-themselves... More>>
Jessica Chastain Saves Miss Julie From the Arcane Jessica Chastain Saves Miss Julie From the Arcane
, December 03, 2014
Strenuously acted dramas make for strenuous viewing, and Liv Ullmann's rigorous adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie, which uproots the action... More>>
Red Knot Shares the Heartbreaking Honesty of Why Relationships Fail Red Knot Shares the Heartbreaking Honesty of Why Relationships Fail
, December 03, 2014
Choosing Arctic backdrops to parallel the story of a marriage growing chillier by the minute is certainly not the freshest idea around. But Scott... More>>
1960's The Passionate Thief, a Prototypical 'One Crazy Night' Adventure 1960's The Passionate Thief, a Prototypical 'One Crazy Night' Adventure
, December 03, 2014
On the surface, Mario Monicelli's 1960 comedy The Passionate Thief bears similarities to contemporary entries in the one-crazy-night genre. There... More>>
The Foxy Merkins Pokes Fun at the Lesbian Hooking Subculture The Foxy Merkins Pokes Fun at the Lesbian Hooking Subculture
, December 03, 2014
The Foxy Merkins would have made an idiosyncratic and amusing short film; at 80 minutes, it's a one-joke comedy that quickly overstays its... More>>
Dying of the Light Is an Ambling Creaky CIA Drama Dying of the Light Is an Ambling Creaky CIA Drama
, December 03, 2014
Even if you've never actually seen Nicolas Cage strapped to a chair, his face bloodied, his eyes rolling like those of a feisty but anguished... More>>
A Riveting Thriller, Pioneer Will Make You Feel the Paranoia A Riveting Thriller, Pioneer Will Make You Feel the Paranoia
, December 03, 2014
Director Erik Skjoldbjærg never met a migraine he didn’t love. Whether his protagonists’ headaches, dizzy spells, and... More>>
The Laughs in Take Care Feel Better Than Its Romance The Laughs in Take Care Feel Better Than Its Romance
, December 03, 2014
Shot almost entirely in one small apartment, the indie comedy Take Care feels something like a play. Writer/director Liz Tuccillo puts viewers... More>>
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