Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’

Ben Affleck faces accusations in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl.' (20th Century Fox)
Ben Affleck faces accusations in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl.' (20th Century Fox)

Following the saccharine coated Benjamin Button and his tediously soulless take on Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher is back painting on a canvas of macabre. His...




  • Mia Wasikowska appears in a scene from “Tracks.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Matt Nettheim)

    Film Review: ‘Tracks’ Leaves a Mark

    The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water, and in the case of John Curran’s excellent new... Read more

  • Dylan O’Brien stars as the courageous Thomas in “The Maze Runner.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)

    Film Review: ‘Maze Runner’ Doesn’t Find Its Own Path

    If you see one film about walled-in males this fall, it should be the savage and powerful British prison drama “Starred Up,” a superlatively acted... Read more

  • Gary Davis with a dancing girl in “Harlem Street Singer,” a documentary about the blues teacher. (Alice Ochs/Getty Images)

    Film Review: ‘Harlem Street Singer’

    Reverend Gary Davis was a man of God, but his finger-picking attack sure was fierce. Eventually embraced by the Blues Revival, the Reverend Davis had... Read more

  • Livi Zheng plays an art forger in her self-directed “Brush With Danger.” (Sun and Moon Films)

    Film Review: ‘Brush With Danger’

    These siblings do the sort of jobs native-born Americans just won’t do, like forging a Van Gogh and boxing in unregulated after-hours bouts. To be... Read more

  • Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) is surrounded by his Boxtroll friends in “The Boxtrolls.” (Laika, Inc./Focus Features)

    Film Review: “The Boxtrolls”

    They are total squares, but good guys usually are. The question is whether these subterranean tinkerers can change their nature. They will have to if... Read more

  • In this April 29, 1975, photo taken aboard the USS Kirk, crew members signal the Chinook to hover over the deck and drop its passengers out. (AP Photo/Courtesy of American Experience, Courtesy of Hugh Doyle)

    Film Review: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’

    There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in... Read more

  • Katie Cassidy as a woman with a multiple-personality disorder in “The Scribbler.” (Screenshot from YouTube/XLrator)

    ‘The Scribbler’: Do-It-Yourself Shock Treatment

    Known as “Jumper’s Tower” to residents, Juniper Tower is the Arkham of mental health halfway houses. If you move in, you are unlikely to get... Read more

  • Qohen Leth joins his supervisor Jobby at a casual Friday work party. (Well Go USA)

    ‘The Zero Theorem’: Terry Gilliam Goes Back to the Dystopian Well

    Evidently, there is good money to be made from metaphysical nihilism. How so, you might ask? Well, obviously you are not an evil businessman or... Read more

  • Art forger Mark Landis in the documentary “Art and Craft.” (Oscilloscope Pictures)

    ‘Art and Craft’: The Curious Case of Mark Landis, Art Forger

    Mark Landis is not all bad. After all, he regularly shops at a great American retailer like Hobby Lobby. He just happens to be one... Read more

  • Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue reunite in “20,000 Days on Earth,” a documentary. (Courtesy of Drafthouse Films)

    ’20,000 Days on Earth’: Nick Cave Pushing 55

    As the reigning poet laureate of hard rock, Nick Cave was the perfect voice to narrate Eddie White and Ari Gibson’s animated noir fable, “The... Read more

  • Robin Wright, playing herself as a struggling actress in “The Congress,” smiles as her emotions are extracted to be used as animations. (Drafthouse Films)

    ‘The Congress’: Hollywood as the Evil Empire

    Polish science fiction master Stanislaw Lem deftly satirized Soviet utopianism in “The Futurological Congress.” For his modernized riff, Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman uses Hollywood as... Read more

  • Marthe Keller as an elusive actress and William Holden as filmmaker Barry Detweiler in the newly restored 1978 film “Fedora.” (Courtesy Olive Films/Film Forum)

    Coaxing Out a Reclusive Actress in Newly Restored ‘Fedora’

    It turns out Norma Desmond was right. By 1978 the pictures had gotten small. One reclusive actress could make them big again, if only she... Read more

  • Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis in “No No: A Dockumentary.” (Courtesy of The Orchard)

    Addiction on the Pitcher’s Mound

    For most baseball fans, Dock Ellis is best known as the man who won the 1976 American League Comeback Player of the Year and helped... Read more

  • A scene from “Rocks in My Pockets,” an animated family history of depression by Signe Baumane. (Zeitgeist Films)

    ‘Rocks in My Pockets’: Depression and Talent Run in the Family

    Perversely, the Soviet occupation of Latvia probably saved the life of animator Signe Baumane’s grandmother, Anna, at least temporarily. The resulting privations and exploitation provided... Read more

  • Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko in a scene from the film "The November Man." (AP Photo/Relativity Media, Aleksandar Letic)

    Ex-007 Pierce Brosnan Spies Again in ‘The November Man’

    LOS ANGELES—Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man,” playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname... Read more

  • Jennifer Aniston in a scene from “Life of Crime.” (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Barry Wetcher)

    ‘Life of Crime’ Misses Elmore Leonard’s Writerly Rhythm

    Some may pine for George Clooney’s chin or Scarlett Johansson’s lips, but no body part should be more envied than Elmore Leonard’s ear. Leonard’s dialogue... Read more


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