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Higher Stakes Needed on ‘Bridge of Spies’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I’ve spent all this time ruminating on De La Soul and Saving Private Ryan, I suppose, to highlight the fault I find with Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, another historic film in his library of moving monuments to the pivotal events of our times.
  

The Walk

0 Comments · Thursday, October 8, 2015
Right up front, I have to admit my bias when it comes to The Walk, the new film from Robert Zemeckis about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by the ever-energetic and engaging Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  

99 Homes

0 Comments · Thursday, October 8, 2015
Michael Shannon can do no wrong. The Academy Award nominee (Supporting Actor for Revolutionary Road) and Lexington, Ky. native may play deeply flawed men — and some like Rick Carver in 99 Homes step over the divide and gleefully dance with the devil — but Shannon always grants such evil men a recognizably human face.  

Big Stone Gap

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
This quaint slice of small town life — set in author, screenwriter and director Adriana Trigiani’s hometown of Big Stone Gap, Va. — has all the hallmarks of quirky Americana.  

The New Girlfriend

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Parisian director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Young & Beautiful) knows how to tease and subtly manipulate audience expectations, especially when playfully inserting sexuality into the mix.  

Pan

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The journey of Peter Pan (newcomer Levi Miller) begins when he’s left on the steps of an orphanage with a panpipe necklace — a keepsake that will define his legacy.   

He Named Me...

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Director Davis Guggenheim explores the burden of names in He Named Me Malala, his latest documentary foray showcasing the astonishing story of Malala Yousafzai.   

The Martian

0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Ridley Scott’s latest take on the sci-fi genre positions audiences in an alternative not-so distant future where NASA hasn’t abandoned the idea of exploration and colonization on Mars.   

Mississippi Grind

0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Having met while studying together at New York University, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck seemingly enjoy their status as multi-hyphenate indie filmmakers — from their feature run with Half Nelson to Sugar, before attracting greater attention and recognizable stars on It’s Kind of a Funny Story and now Mississippi Grind — never straying too far from their gritty roots, which always linger around the edges of the frames.  

Shanghai

0 Comments · Thursday, October 1, 2015
Curiously, this dramatic romantic mystery from director Mikael Håfström (The Rite and Escape Plan) and screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive and 47 Ronin) wallowed on the shelf for years before getting this delayed release in theaters.