POSTED // Oct 11,2013 - For those of you who missed previous episodes: You can agree with a documentary’s ideas and still think it’s a bad movie. You can agree with a documentary’s ideas and still think it’s a bad movie.
POSTED // Oct 11,2013 - At first, it feels like there’s a perfunctory quality to the opening scenes of Paul Greengrass’ harrowing true-life drama Captain Phillips. The titular commercial shipping-vessel captain, Rich Phillips (Tom Hanks)
POSTED // Oct 4,2013 - It would be easy enough for Wadjda—a film that had drawn attention for being by a Saudi Arabian woman director, Haifaa Al Mansour—to feel like little more than a cultural manifesto. Even when it does, it’s got one wonderfully
POSTED // Sep 27,2013 - Rivalries—the kind that go down in history, like the one Ron Howard’s Rush is based on—are almost always grounded in contrast. Machine-like Björn Borg versus combustible John McEnroe; flashy Magic Johnson versus steady Larry Bird
POSTED // Sep 27,2013 - While Pixar generally gets the critical love, and followers like DreamWorks and Illumination score crowd-pleasing franchises, a 2009 charmer from Sony Pictures Animation called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
POSTED // Sep 20,2013 - Allegory—and this is a considerable bit of understatement—is a tricky business, and it’s only getting trickier all the time. In earlier generations, extended riffs on totalitarian communism (Animal Farm)
POSTED // Sep 20,2013 - Documentary filmmakers often set themselves to the task of exploring the events of the past. What Joshua Oppenheimer and his filmmaking team do in The Act of Killing, on the other hand, is something s