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‘Life of Crime’ Pays the Highest Tribute to Elmore Leonard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Not quite a comedy of errors or a thriller, but something that feels brand new up on the screen.   

The November Man

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As Above, So Below

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'Calvary' Asks Us to Walk Alongside a Good Man

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A village priest (Brendan Gleeson) in coastal Ireland hears weekly confessions. His parishioners enter, knowing that there’s little to no anonymity in the booth because he knows them, each and  

Director Michael Dowse Embraces Affairs of the Heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The first clue that What If, the new film from Michael Dowse, might be a subtle veering off course from the typical journey can be found in the performance of Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace, the lovelorn chap at the center of things.   

Searching for 'A Most Wanted Man'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen Muslim, enters Hamburg, Germany illegally, weaving his way through sewers, stowing away on a cargo ship, hiding in plain sight beneath a dirty hooded sweatshirt and a scraggly beard. Throughout his circuitous journey, though, Issa makes time to pray.  

The Persistence of Time

Patricia Arquette on the 12-year experience of making Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Boyhood, as you've probably already heard, is a different kind movie. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast, filmmaker Richard Linklater's perceptive ode to family and the life of one specific boy (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18 is also about the simple passage of time...  

Cracking the Code with ‘I Origins’ Director Mike Cahill

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
For fans of the current wave of independent filmmaking, there’s a certain romantic curiosity surrounding the power-trio of Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij and Mike Cahill. Marling holds the center, anchoring and serving as the face of the trio’s projects together.  

Embracing the Present in ‘Wish I Was Here’

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
There’s something fitting in the work of Zach Braff — the star of successful television comedy series Scrubs, which sang, danced, and laughed its way through the madcap years of med school residency for its hapless trio of would-be doctors — because Braff, settling in at the helm of his second feature film, has a not-exactly morbid curiosity with life and death.   

Filmfest München: What Cincinnati's Sister City Can Teach Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Instead of starting off with questions about what I learned about international film culture from attending the Munich Film Festival, it would be far more instructive to kick off with a discussion about what the experience made me think about in terms of what it means to be modern.
  

A Family-Friendly Call From ‘Earth to Echo’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Earth to Echo wastes no time setting up its premise. Three young teens — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — as awkwardly nerdy as can be, land themselves in the middle of quite an adventure when they begin investigating cell phone disturbances in their soon-to-be redeveloped community in Nevada.   

‘Obvious Child’ is Not Just an Abortion Rom-Com

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I love Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), the protagonist of Obvious Child, the new indie dramedy from co-writer and director Gillian Robespierre (working from her 2009 short of the same name), because Donna is wickedly smart and engaging, a cute Jewish woman we rarely get to see in mainstream romantic comedies.  

‘The Rover’ Captures the Utter Collapse of Humanity

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Based on his work as a filmmaker, David Michôd, Australian partner of the brothers Edgerton (Joel and Nash), channels into the darkest corners of his heart to investigate the primal, animalistic urges that take mankind far away from the civilized façade we’ve constructed for ourselves.  

Demanding More of ‘Words and Pictures’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Back in the early aughts, Clive Owen starred in a series of promotional online shorts created by BMW called The Hire, where he played a mysterious driver with no name enlisted by powerful people to tackle jobs that required a certain skill set, particularly behind the wheel, that only he had.  

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Offers Indie Sensibilities with Studio Purse Strings

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
 At one time, the title for Doug Liman’s new release was All You Need is Kill and it featured a raw 18-year-old military recruit sucked into a time-fractured narrative that had him reliving the same day on what seemed like an endless loop — a D-Day style attack on an alien outpost on the Normandy beachhead that concluded with great losses to the human forces.