Steve McQueen Creates a Complex Human Portrait of Beautiful Brutality

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
From the first moment I walked out of the theater during a private press screening of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, I knew this film had the potential to spark discussion on the subject and history of race and race relations in the United States.   

'Parenthood' Brings the Feels in a Smart Way

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NBC’s Parenthood (10 p.m. Thursdays), now in its fifth season, is loosely based on the 1989 Ron Howard film starring Steve Martin. This hilarious offering from the quotable ’80s movie vault sets the stage for its contemporary series counterpart.

Ender's Game

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This Orson Scott Card science fiction novel has been drifting along in film development hell for years, but finally arrives thanks to writer/director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverin  

Free Birds

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I’m not sure, in good conscience, that I can recommend a movie with the aim of taking turkey off the Thanksgiving menu, but Jimmy Hayward (director of Horton Hears a Who! and a member of the ani  

Last Vegas

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
When Billy (Michael Douglas) decides to marry, his old friends Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) take it upon themselves to throw him a typical bachelor’s par  

The Pin

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Writer-director Naomi Jaye (Peep and A Dozen for Lulu) takes audiences on a dramatic journey, beginning with Leah (Milda Gecaite) and Jacob (Grisha Pasternak) in hiding during World War II. The   

The Alternative Spotlight: Black Cinema Rising

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Independent black cinema might finally be coming into its own and it’s worth focusing strictly on this moment. As a longstanding member of the Black Reel Awards, one of several entities that recognizes the best in black cinema each year, I find myself in the enviable position of having access to a number of films that rarely reach theaters in our area.

Halloween on the Small Screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
All Hallows’ Eve might not be for another week, but judging by the number of “fun-size” candy bags on sale, pumpkin patch photo shoots on Instagram and Halloween-inspired television offerings, it appears this quintessential fall holiday is already upon us.

The Counselor

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Coen Brothers took celebrated novelist Cormac McCarthy down an artfully dark pathway in their adaptation of No Country for Old Men, but one can only imagine that Ridley Scott, working from a scr  

Bad Grandpa

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Octogenarian Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) sets off on a cross-country tour with his grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) and you just know it’s going to be a wild ride. Zisman happens to be a cre  

I Used To Be Darker

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This indie family drama from co-writers Amy Belk and Matthew Porterfield, who also directed, possesses onion-like layers that, while peeling away, seems to call forth even more tears. Runaway Tary  

Mademoiselle C

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Fabien Constant’s documentary trains its lens on Carine Roitfeld, fashion stylist and former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. The spotlight arrives at the moment Roitfeld moves to New York to lau  

When Comedy Went to School

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Directors Mevlut Akkaya (Kanake) and Ron Frank (The Naked Truth) set off to research and present their findings on the birth of modern stand-up comedy, which is universally recognized to have been  

Saudi Arabian Film Shatters the Glass Ceiling

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sometimes a story, told simply and effectively, changes the way we as an audience see another part of the world, the experiences of others and/or ourselves, all reflected in the moving images before us. What’s more, it can be startling when the impact, so profound and likely unexpected, cracks our cynical natures through its very simplicity.  

Don't Drink the Water

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Last week’s fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead was the first offering from new showrunner Scott Gimple. He and others involved in the series have expressed a desire to incorporate more character development, leaving some fans worried that dull human storylines could get in the way of epic zombie scenes (who could forget the painfully slow second season?). Judging by the first episode, however, this is not the case.