To get the most out of Woody Allen's Irrational Man, it helps to know the legendary director's past work.
Where does the Entourage movie fit in the spectrum of TV shows adapted into movies? Does it improve the universe? Ruin it? Or none of the above?
Not without ambition or merit, Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman struggles to connect with its own material and emotional heft.
There's no excuse for the werewolf movie Wolves to be as dull and self-serious as it is.
KANO Chih-Hsiang Ma’s KANO is an exhaustingly sentimental baseball picture that overstays its welcome to a huge degree. An ethnically diverse baseball team from southern Taiwan (what commentators call a “miracle team”) competes for the top prize at Japan’s Koshien baseball championship. Set in 1931, the film is essentially an underdog story, but it lacks […]
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten The title Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten could be a mantra for third world countries that (having survived decades of colonialism) strive to preserve their national culture. Memory is a major player in constructing history; if a nation or group of people can coherently remember who, what, and where they came from, […]
The Dark Side of the Chew The Dark Side of the Chew, if you couldn’t tell by its title, is a documentary that’s not short on self-aware humour, yet in the process does not undermine the sincerity of its intentions. It explores the impact of chewing gum – yes, chewing gum–on our culture, and its perceived […]
A Thousand Times Goodnight is a well shot and acted, mostly effective melodrama.
For a filmmaker to hear that their feature film would be better off as a short, that’s tough. If they were to hear their short should be turned into a feature, now that’s a compliment. I think that’s what the short film showcases at festivals advertise: do we want to see more of this? It’s […]
Rudderless, the directorial debut of William H. Macy, lives up to its title and hits all the wrong notes.
Sometimes a movie tries so hard at being “something”, it just amounts to nothing. That’s what I felt about Suburban Gothic, the sophomore film from Richard Bates Jr. The film wants to – primarily –be a comedy, but also a supernatural thriller, horror, and romance fused together by scenes that aim to be clever, cute, and occasionally […]
There's nothing in the apocalyptic Australian thriller These Final Hours that hasn't been done better elsewhere.
The documentary The Green Prince moves at the pace of a great thriller.