With the arrival of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," another epic adventure begins.
"Hyde Park on Hudson" might be the strangest movie I recommend all year. The film is based on the diary and various papers of Margaret Stuckley, who went by "Daisy" (Laura Linney) and was a distant cousin of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray). Throughout his presidency, FDR made extended, working visits to his mother's home, dubbed Hyde Park, in upstate New York. Daisy lived nearby, and over the years she and FDR developed a close, ...
"Anna Karenina" is nearly a great film. The first act is flat-out brilliant, as director Joe Wright introduces his characters with a hyperkinetic camera that launches a classic story into the 21st century and uses a theater set in ingenious ways. Leo Tolstoy's novel plays out among the typical haunts of the Russian bourgeoisie - exquisite parlors, ballrooms and theaters. The story has also been adapted to the stage many times. It makes a kind ...
I'm the kind of person for whom the phrase "feel-good movie" is a negative term. I like to feel good, and I especially like to feel good by the time a movie's end credits roll.
"Smashed" is an example of many things I love about independent film. It's made by a young, promising director, James Ponsoldt, from Athens. It features a handful of stars willing to take on what are for them small roles, but for the film makes the difference between being seen and not being seen. The movie takes on a difficult topic - alcoholism - from a fresh perspective, and while it offers truths, it doesn't beat ...
"Wreck-It Ralph" demolished my defenses. I went into this movie with the same mixture of skepticism and hope with which I approach everything I review, but by the end I was pummeled into happy submission. I became a fan, just sitting there loving a movie.
The James Bond movie franchise is now 50 years old - a birthday featured prominently in the film's promotional materials, yet "Skyfall" injects the character and the franchise with renewed attitude and purpose.
In 1916, D.W. Griffith followed up his racist yet massively successful film "Birth of a Nation" with "Intolerance," a 3«-hour long epic consisting of four separate stories, each set in a different time and place: ancient Babylon, the time of Christ, France in 1572 and contemporary America.
Writer-director Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" reminded me of the old quote from Euripides: "Cleverness is not wisdom."
"Argo" pulls off several amazing feats. It's based on a true story, which always creates the risk that nothing in the film will be surprising. But even though the story is set within a defining moment in modern American and Iranian history, most of us are completely unaware of it. "Argo" is based on an article journalist Joshuah Bearman published in Wired magazine in 2007 called "The Great Escape," which tells the formerly classified story ...
Science fiction used to be a genre of ideas. Ever since Fritz Lang's 1927, still-relevant masterpiece "Metropolis," the best sci-fi flicks present us with a credible, usually dystopian, vision of our future and pose ethical dilemmas which spring from contemporary social and technological trends. Impressive visual design has always been essential - the film must tangibly create the future, after all - but action used to be merely an accoutrement to movies whose primary goal ...
"End of Watch" is the most intense cop drama to hit wide release in quite some time. Considering its writer/director's past work, that shouldn't be surprising.
It's been a long time since we've been able to say this: the new Clint Eastwood film is a great date movie.
Disney/Pixar roll out its latest 3-D re-release this week, and unlike the original film itself, the 3-D version of "Finding Nemo" barely makes a splash.
"For a Good Time, Call ..." is a modern-day sex farce made for millennial and Generation X women.
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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