On a frosty Friday night at the Angelika, the 7:30 showing of We Need to Talk About Kevin was sold out. As we scooted towards an empty seat in the back, we wondered what could possibly account for such a large crowd for a non-premiere of the Lionel Shriver adaptation.
After the disturbing, somewhat fractured retelling of a young sociopath (played at different life stages by Rocky Duer, Jasper Newell, and Ezra Miller) and his ice queen mother (Tilda Swinton), we found out: as the lights went up, a lanky figure in a full-length fur-coat traipsed the length of the stage and was introduced for a Q&A session. Ezra Miller was going to be taking our questions for the evening.
We Need to Talk About Kevin. Why? I’d rather just ignore him—and this vile, pretentious movie—completely. With an incomprehensible script and jigsaw-puzzle direction, both by Scottish poseur Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher), and a loopy performance by weirdo Tilda Swinton as the half-mad mother of a serial killer, this is the most unwatchable horror movie masquerading as social comment I have seen this year.
The Extra Man is a hapless fiasco about Louis Ives, a nerdy Princeton meathead with a penchant for wearing women’s lingerie who travels to Manhattan looking for adventure, answers a roommate-wanted ad, and moves into a rabbit warren decorated with Christmas tree ornaments occupied by Harry Harrison, a fading gigolo and a penniless, Read More
Running time 79 minutes
Written by Pamela Pettler
Directed by Shane Acker
Starring Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connolly, Crispin Glover
In 2004, a UCLA film student named Shane Acker created an 11-minute animated short called 9 that people lost their minds over. It earned him Read More
Our favorite Upper East Side teenagers were in rare form last night during a particularly jam-packed episode of Gossip Girl. But jokes about crashing airplanes to dispose of adversaries, conversations about purchasing anthrax on the black market, a near rape and the ripe potential for student-teacher sex (Dan Humphrey, you dirty rascal!) didn’t really faze Read More
Running time 85 minutes
Written and Directed by Steve Conrad
Starring Sean William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor
Steve Conrad’s The Promotion, from his own screenplay, immerses itself in the world of Chicago supermarket midlevel employees, two of whom are furiously competing for promotion to a Read More
Good guy John C. Reilly (Boogie Nights, The Hours) may be getting thirsty for blood. He is in negotiations, along with Bridge of Terabithia kid Josh Hutcherson and Chris Kelly, to sign on to Cirque du Freak, an adaptation of Darren Shan’s children’s book series. Paul Weitz (About A Boy) is directing, according Read More
It would be nice to think that with the release of the new extended cut of Casualties of War, Brian De Palma’s masterpiece and one of the greatest of all American movies, would finally get its due. In 1989, America didn’t want to see another Vietnam movie. Now, mired in Iraq, viewers may see the Read More
Prestige revivals mark this spring’s theater season, with several potentially bankable classics opening on Broadway in the next month. Among the most anticipated are Tennessee Williams’ Southern dramas The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. Both productions, with star-studded and surprising casts, will attempt to reinvigorate these period plays.
The Glass Menagerie, which premiered Read More
Make no mistake: The major new production of Sam Shepard’s True West , with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, must be seen, and even seen twice.
The committed Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Reilly, more widely known for their movies, are alternating roles in this near-mythic battle between Lee, the white-trash drifter and small-time Read More