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Staving Off ‘The End’ with Donald Margulies

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The End of the Tour documents an encounter between David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, who tagged along for the end of the press tour for Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Lipsky’s book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, chronicles the five days he spent with Wallace and serves as the basis for the film.  

Guy Ritchie: The Director and ‘The Man’ S.H.R.U.G.S.

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In more than 15 years of covering the film beat, never have I encountered a more out-of-left-field production than Guy Ritchie’s reboot of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which was based on the telev  

‘Irrational Man’ Argues Against Rationalizing a Career

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I think it might be time to start evaluating the career of Woody Allen by comparing it to the musical output of LL Cool J (aka James Todd Smith).  

Movies of My Mind

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I simply can’t find the words (or the feelings behind the words) to describe the soulless hell that is this week’s reboot of Vacation. So instead, I’m daydreaming — thinking of movies that will never be.  

‘Infinitely Polar Bear’: Insight Beyond a Cute Title

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The viewing experience sometimes needs to be shared, and I’m talking about films beyond the obvious genre exercises — the found-footage horrors where very little happens, seemingly made for midnight screenings, or the mythic displays of cartoonish world-beating violence that dominate the shared mythic realms of our comic book universes.  

Marvel’s Ant Caper Is Fast and Fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Sometimes it pays off big to make a few small, albeit risky departures from convention. 

Wandering Aimlessly Inside Blumhouse’s ‘Gallows’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Since filmmaking collaborators Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing teamed up back in 2011 on Kid HULK — a four-minute short about a young Bruce Banner who helps a girl deal with bullies — it might be logical to assume that the pair might have been interested in attracting the attention of the Marvel-movie-universe brain trust in the hope of securing a coveted gig helming one of the highly anticipated superhero features on the horizon.  

Thomas Mann: From ‘Project X’ to ‘The Dying Girl’

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Weaned on ludicrous white-male teen fantasies like Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the whole John Hughes oeuvre, really), even as an adult I have to admit to a partiality toward movies in which the teen heroes live in a world gloriously beyond the attention of parents who bear more than a passing resemblance to police and other authority figures.   

Perspective — Not Paradise — is Lost in ‘Escobar’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA (from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and situation of White and his resilient all-American family.  

Life is Like a Box of Explosives

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I have to admit that sometimes, as a working critic, I love to read the buzz on films to get a sense of the general consensus.  

The Elusive ‘Saint Laurent’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2015
 “The Elusive Genius of Saint Laurent” would have fallen right in with our chosen acceptance of the narrative of the word “genius,” and I suppose it would have also matched the subject.   

‘The Connection’ Addresses the French Perspective

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The mere mention of The French Connection conjures images of William Friedkin’s prototypically gritty police thriller that set up the contrast between Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman), the emotionally troubled but doggedly determined cop, and Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), the urbane European drug dealer — the smooth criminal, if there ever was one — supplying pure heroin to all of North America like a contemporary conglomerate ruling the international market.   

Tracking the Heavenly Sounds in Brian Wilson’s Head

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
While riding the waves during a recent screening of Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy — the new biopic exploring two significant periods in the life of Brian Wilson, the studio wizard behind the Psychedelic Pop symphonic sound of The Beach Boys — I experienced a subtle yet momentarily surprising disconnect.   

The Remake Guidelines

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Recently I caught myself having an out-of-body experience. In the midst of a heated discussion about a new release — Gil Kenan’s completely unnecessary Poltergeist — I blurted out that Hollywood should stop producing remakes.  

Does Debating a 'Good Kill' Make for a Good Movie?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This isn’t real life, Good Kill, this new movie from writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War), about Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke), a long-serving and highly decorated pilot who now “flies” drone missions from a trailer in the Nevada desert and bombs targets in the Middle East.