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The Technical Virtue of Andrea Riseborough

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) poses several perplexing challenges.  

Local Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett Harnesses Deep Human Magic

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
As a film critic, every time I settle into a theater seat I prepare myself for an experience that I liken to tapping into memory. The images that unspool before me may not be lived and processed  

The 2014 TIFF Alternative: Managing High Expectations

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I find myself — a full four days into the festival — attempting to rationalize my tepid response thus far.  

Reflecting on 'The Double' and How Nature Nurtures

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2014
We know Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) all too well. In fact, some of us might recognize elements of Simon in ourselves.  

'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  

Historic Lives Onscreen

The fall film season continues a trend exploring real life

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Some of the best movies so far in 2014 have focused on the real lives of some truly phenomenal figures, although the trend has shifted from narrative features to documentaries.   

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.  

Paul Haggis Keeps ‘Third Person’ a Remote Exercise

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
“Watch me.” The line of dialogue is whispered during a couple of key sequences in Third Person, the new film from Paul Haggis, the Academy Award-winning director of Crash (Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay). As you might imagine, the phrase insinuates itself dramatically into the hearts of the characters who hear it, as they attempt to heed the call.  

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.  

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