POSTED // Oct 29,2013 - Sound design: It’s not often that it’s the make-or-break element in a theatrical production. But New World Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth feels like it’s being guided by someone who doesn’t realize
POSTED // Oct 25,2013 - We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor’s magnificently primal All Is Lost.
POSTED // Oct 18,2013 - Every year, during the Sundance Film Festival, it becomes kind of a defense mechanism for me to write as much as I can about a movie as soon as I’ve seen it; too many movies packed into such a c
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