It’s vanishingly rare to know the exact moment at which a movie loses the sympathies of its viewer, yet Chicken With Plums, a sophomorically cruel look at the wasted life of an Iranian violinist, promptly and clearly loses its balance. Read More
Game Change director Jay Roach’s new political comedy, The Campaign, is a good film, though it might disappoint viewers who came to see a scathing satire of our current political climate. The Will Ferrell vehicle has less to do with the upcoming election cycle—or even politics in general—than it does with paying homage to the Aesop’s Fables films of the ’80s, in which the hapless tortoise was plucked from relative obscurity by the nefarious powers that be to replace the cocky, no-longer-cooperative hare.
Primary Colors, this is not. Read More
The movie musical has shown sporadic signs of life over the past decade or so, with early artistic triumphs (Moulin Rouge!, Chicago) giving way to devastatingly dull adaptations of Broadway’s most turgid shows (Dreamgirls, Hairspray and the tremendous missed opportunity that was Nine). Read More
The reviews are in, and the Spider-Man flick is a smash! Everyone loves the iconic Marvel superhero,whether he’s battling a green, monstrous adversary, seducing a blonde classmate, or just sewing his costume. Just look at what the critics have to say!
“The man is better company than the spider in Spider-Man. The long-awaited bigscreen incarnation Read More
Todd Solondz is the sort of director beloved by fresh-faced film students when they first arrive at school—his films are superficially interesting for their shock value and their disconnect from reality coexisting with an insistence that this is how life really is. Once deep into the syllabus, though, the burgeoning filmmakers learn that these spectacles Read More
Though Greta Gerwig has outlived the heyday of “mumblecore”—a genre distinguished by low budgets and a rambling discursiveness—any movie she is in seems to become as much. While Lola Versus bears many hallmarks of a more traditional romantic comedy, the actress at its center consistently carries it beyond the bounds of its own ambitions. Read More
The idea underpinning Snow White and the Huntsman is a charming one. Epic summer movies use the language of fairy tale and myth to tell stories about contemporary heroes (who are The Avengers but a bunch of Olympians?); why not cut out the middleman and make a movie about a story everyone already knows?
Unfortunately, Read More