Great Expectations

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Like William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Great Expectations from Charles Dickens seems to bubble up once every generation or so, offering an adaptive look at our times. This time, the reliable  

Kill Your Darlings

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
As literary advice, the notion that beleaguered writers must be willing to “kill your darlings” in order to find the truth in a passage or overall story is daring indeed. Striking that lovel  

CAC Screens a Complex Documentary of Murderous Performance Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Re-enactments dominate the world of reality television. There is nothing new in the narrative framework of recreating scenes of true events for audiences to grant access to the resonant emotional impact of a situation, a soon-to-be looped moment in time. Sometimes, it is done in the service of memory and perspective.  

Kenny Powers Finds New Niche in "Final" Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
As fans of Eastbound and Down (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) know, the show, albeit hilarious, delves into some pretty dark waters. Danny McBride’s notorious baseball bad boy Kenny Powers walks the line between making us laugh and raising concern with his seriously disturbed behavior.  

Thor: The Dark World

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The mighty god-like Avenger (Chris Hemsworth) returns for a second solo outing, facing a foe named Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), an exiled dark elf lord from one of the nine realms, awakened a  

About Time

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Love is in the air again in the latest film from writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), but this time he’s interested in exploring the multiple facets of the splendored emotional state.  

All Is Lost

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Cornel West Reader, as regular readers know, serves as a touchstone for me. The good professor acknowledges being driven, in his philosophical and academic endeavors, to define three ideas —  


0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The world of investment banking and hostile takeovers provides the setting for writer-director Costa-Gavras’ examination of the dynamic between a newly appointed CEO (Gad Elmaleh) and the Americ  


0 Comments · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Rather than focus on the hype and hysteria of the public life of Princess Diana (Naomi Watts), director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) zeroes in on Diana’s final two years, defined i  

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