December 2, 2011 |
"I never saw the movie before," said Karolyn Grimes , 71, remembering living near Kansas City, Mo., in December 1979 and catching out of the corner of her eye flickering images on the television of familiar faces and places from long ago. Working full time and raising seven children, the 39-year-old Grimes had no time to spare, much less to sit around watching television. But something tugged at her as she saw snatches of snow-clogged streets of small-town America and people she...
May 16, 2013 |
CANNES, France — Cannes has been the birthplace of many a star, and the latest candidate to shine is Marine Vacth, who plays a teenager confronting the complexities of adolescent sexuality in Francois Ozon's "Jeune et Jolie" ("Young and Beautiful. ") The 23-year-old French model fully lives up to the film's title as Isabelle, a 17-year-old the film follows across four seasons — from a fleeting summer fling to work as an emotionally detached Parisian prostitute. ...
March 13, 2009 |
"Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead" wants to be a documentary about the vast amount of wiggle room between being for the death penalty and being against it. And it fascinatingly is that. But on a deeper level (and a skillfully conscious one on the part of filmmaker Ted Schillinger) it's a portrait of two men's utter loneliness in their thoughts. Blecker, a New York Law School professor, supports the death penalty on such a contrary and nuanced level -- he calls himself an "emotional retributivist" --...
April 18, 2013 |
" Oblivion " looks marvelous, in the deliciously dystopian way of so many post-apocalyptic films. It's set in 2077, after alien invaders called Scavengers (or "Scavs") have laid waste to our moon, leading to cataclysmic floods and earthquakes that have ravaged Earth. The film features gorgeous CGI shots of such broken, half-buried landmarks as the Washington Monument and the Empire State Building, whose observation deck can now be accessed by walking onto it from a mountain of rubble.
April 25, 2013 |
The documentary " Hava Nagila: The Movie " turns out to be a lot like the song "Hava Nagila. " It can claim some seeds of gravitas, but they're ultimately trampled by a lot of goofy enthusiasm. The song is a perfectly catchy entity that sparks quite the dance party after many a Jewish wedding (and some not-so-Jewish ones), but it's also kitsch. The movie, too, is flawed, but not enough to undo its infectious joyfulness. As the film opens, it's immediately clear that narrator Rusty Schwimmer is going to lay the...
February 21, 2009 |
Perhaps more ceremony than cinema, "Taking Chance" breaks many a movie rule. It barely has a plot, contains the absolute minimum amount of dialogue and lacks the usual antagonist-protagonist conflict. It could also be said that its real hero never speaks and barely has any scenes. And yet rules, of course, were made to be broken. "Taking Chance," premiering tonight on HBO and filmed on location mostly in Montana, is both troubling and inspiring, a film in the spirit of "Saving Private Ryan" but...