Film Reviews

‘The One I Love’: Getting Surreal in the Guest House

Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss in “The One I Love.” (RADiUS-TWC)
Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss in “The One I Love.” (RADiUS-TWC)

Many in the entertainment industry can relate to the frustration of undergoing therapy only to find the underlying issue getting steadily worse—and therefore perhaps identify...

  • Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan play exaggerated versions of themselves in “The Trip to Italy,” Michael Winterbottom’s follow-up to his 2010 film “The Trip.” (IFC Films)

    ‘The Trip to Italy’: Pasta on the Menu

    D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster found inspiration in Italy. So did Byron and Shelley—a fact Rob Brydon will hardly let Steve Coogan forget. He will... Read more

  • Michael Fassbender never takes off his papier-mâché head in “Frank.” (Magnolia Pictures)

    Michael Fassbender Wears a Giant Papier-Mâché Head in ‘Frank’

    He is sort of the Glenn Gould of indie rock. He is determined not to let superficialities, like his face, distract from the music. Nonetheless,... Read more

  • (L–R) Olga Milshtein, Louis Garrel, and Anna Mouglalis in “Jealousy.” (Distrib Films/Wild Bunch)

    ‘Jealousy’: Philippe Garrel’s Portrait of Grand-père’s Affairs

    We expect the French to be very insouciant about trifles like infidelity and divorce, but the Garrels know better. The reigning first family of French... Read more

  • Helen Mirren is Madame Mallory, the proprietor of a French restaurant in “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” (Walt Disney Pictures)

    ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’: Fighting, Making Up, Making Food

    World-class talent. What does it do? Sometimes it appears the owners of great talent can slow down time. It’s said that baseball great Ted Williams... Read more

  • Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” (Epoch Times with Paramount Pictures)

    ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’: The Franchise Has Arrived

    What happens when you team up Megan Fox and Michael Bay? Summer blockbuster! They hit pay dirt with “Transformers,” and now they’ve made a nice... Read more

  • L to R: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista) in a screen still from this summer's blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy." (Film Frame/Marvel)

    ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’: Marvel’s Snarky Version of ‘Star Wars’

    Marvel Studios has taken advantage of their plethora of comic book storylines but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is an entirely new venture. At the moment, the... Read more

  • Paula Garcés as the maid who witnesses some corrupt behavior in the Hamptons. (Courtesy of Palladin)

    ‘The Maid’s Room’: Welcome to the Hamptons

    She does the kind of work Americans “just won’t do,” like cleaning up Master Crawford’s vomit. The Crawfords are most definitely one-percenters—and writer-director Michael Walker... Read more

  • Justin Kauflin, who has a degenerative eye disease, is tutored by jazz great Clark Terry in “Keep On Keepin’ On.” (Radius TWC)

    ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’: A Jazz Great Passes On the Good Vibes

    Clark Terry’s distinctive personal sound has been justly hailed as the “happiest” in all jazzdom. Nobody could lift your spirits in live performance like Terry... Read more

  • Chadwick Boseman transforms himself into James Brown. (Universal Pictures)

    ‘Get On Up’ Review: Chadwick Boseman Is King of the Black Biopic

    It becomes quickly apparent that Prince stole his entire act off James Brown. Dances, microphone moves, wardrobe, and hairstyle. Not Prince’s world-class guitar playing, naturally... Read more

  • Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) are stuck somewhere between friends and lovers in “What If.” (Caitlin Cronenberg/CBS Films)

    ‘What If’: Cute Banter Does Not a Make Romance

    Can men and women ever be “just friends”? Didn’t we already answer that in the negative in “When Harry Met Sally”? In “What If,” director... Read more

  • Director James Cameron descends to the bottom of the sea in the Deepsea Challenger in “Deepsea Challenge 3D.” (National Geographic)

    ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’: James Cameron Goes to the Bottom of the Sea

    The Deepsea Challenger submersible is a marvel of engineering. It can withstand the pressure in diving to the lower depths of the Mariana Trench, while... Read more

  • (L–R) Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick, and Jude Swanberg in “Happy Christmas.” (Magnolia Pictures)

    ‘Happy Christmas’: Millennial Drinking and Dithering

    Director-actor Joe Swanberg made a little movie called “Happy Christmas” and put his kid Jude in it. As a kid named Jude. Joe plays Jude’s... Read more

  • Scott Haze plays lunatic Lester Ballard in “Child of God.” (Well Go USA)

    ‘Child of God’: A Rural Version of ‘Psycho’

    Who’s Ed Gein? We know Ed from horror-film treatments. “Psycho,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Silence of the Lambs” were all “inspired” by Ed’s unholy life... Read more

  • Brendan Gleeson as Father James Lavelle and Chris O’Dowd as the butcher in “Calvary.” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    ‘Calvary’: An Innocent Irish Priest, Framed

    Whenever we see a picturesque Irish village with a curmudgeonly priest, we are conditioned to automatically think quaint little comedy—the kind in which old people... Read more

  • Fela Kuti in “Finding Fela,” a documentary about the creator of Afrobeat. (Michele Buono/Piero Riccardi, Kino Lorber)

    Documenting Fela, the Complicated Character Behind Afrobeat

    He was a mother’s boy married to 27 wives simultaneously. In many ways, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is a maddeningly difficult figure to fully take stock... Read more

  • Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) exacts revenge on her captors in “Lucy.” (Jessica Forde/Universal Pictures)

    ‘Lucy:’ 100 Percent Brain Power Produces Wild Ride

    “Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?” intones Scarlett Johansson’s voice at the start of “Lucy.” Good... Read more

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