Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’

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)
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)

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...

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    ’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

  • László Gyémánt and András Gyémánt as Hungarian child refugees in “The Notebook.” (Christian Berger/Sony Pictures Classics)

    Film Review: ‘The Notebook’

    Perhaps no nation’s history during World War II is as torturously complex as the Hungarian experience. Although Regent Miklós Horthy largely refused to abet National... Read more

  • Owen Wilson, Laura Ramsey, and Zach Galifianakis in “Are You Here.” (Millennium Entertainment)

    ‘Are You Here’: Two Boy-Men Mature Slightly

    “Are You Here.” Excuse me, but what does that mean? Is who here? It’s like that other recent movie title: “And So It Goes.” And... Read more

  • Sarah Wayne Callies in a scene from "Into The Storm." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

    ‘Into The Storm’: Mother Nature Deserves Better Lines

    “Into the Storm” is a movie that addresses the fearsome power of nature. Alas, it also addresses the fearsome power of a bad script to... Read more

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

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

    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... Read more

  • Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in “The Giver.” (Weinstein Co.)

    ‘The Giver’: ‘The Dude’ in a Depressing Dystopia

    Depression’s a fact of human existence, but we’ve become fed up with it. Big Pharma dumps mountains of mood stabilizers and tranquilizers on the masses... Read more

  • Pal Sverre Hagen and Nicolai Cleve Broch in “Ragnarok.” (Magnet Releasing)

    ‘Ragnarok’: Norse Mythology Meets a Lackluster Monster

    The Oseberg Viking ship was an extraordinary archaeological find. It remains one of the best-preserved vessels, but it has not exactly boosted the reputation of... Read more

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    ‘Dinosaur 13′: Turmoil Surrounding a T. Rex Fossil

    Practice paleontology—go directly to jail. That is the federal government’s idea of justice. Frankly, it should hardly surprise us anymore, but viewers will still be... Read more

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    ‘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

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    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

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