ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

While Karasawa gives her space to revisit career highpoints, the film’s primary focus is on what it’s like, having spent one’s life in the spotlight, to contemplate facing that final curtain. Brassy and brutally unguarded, Stritch isn’t one for sugarcoating…


Posted on March 27, 2014 by

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

Time after time, Morris backs him into factual corners and, if the legendary director’s latest falls at all short, it’s in his reticence to go for the gotcha moment…


Posted on March 19, 2014 by

TIM’S VERMEER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 80 minutes

It’s hardly surprising that a movie made by Penn and Teller would feature a mindbending stunt. What you’re less likely to expect is that the magicians aren’t the ones who perform it and it’s a 17th century Dutch masterpiece that’s pulled out of a hat…


Posted on March 15, 2014 by

THE GREAT BEAUTY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 142 minutes

Sorrentino’s Oscar winner literally does not have a dull or meaningless moment. The picture’s asides, its incidental vignettes, say more than most entire movies…


Posted on March 6, 2014 by

3 DAYS TO KILL

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 117 minutes

Costner’s performance provides an appealing counterweight to the story’s flightiness, however, along with enough good old fashioned movie star magnetism to hold its disparate elements together and make this film a better time than it has any right to be…


Posted on February 26, 2014 by

THE PAST

2 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 130 minutes

It’s not at all clear what the filmmaker’s trying to say but entirely conceivable he’s making a point of not making a point, of not saying the wrong thing by not saying anything…


Posted on February 19, 2014 by

“UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS” – REVIEW AND INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT GREENWALD

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 63 minutes

Robert Greenwald makes documentaries. He also makes waves. And enemies. In the capital of this country there are doubtless lots of seriously powerful people who’d like to see him come to harm. Or be ruined. And they’re the kind of folks who can make this happen. They eliminate people and destroy reputations for a living. Robert Greenwald makes documentaries about them…


Posted on February 18, 2014 by

THE MONUMENTS MEN

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes

Directed and co-written by Clooney, with frequent collaborator Grant Heslov and based on the nonfiction book by Robert M. Edsel, the picture unsteadily straddles the line between goofball comedy and inspirational issue film…


Posted on February 12, 2014 by

LABOR DAY

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 111 minutes

Fun, however, is in short supply here despite the movie’s snortworthy premise that the three immediately hit if off and commence fulfilling one another’s yearnings…


Posted on February 5, 2014 by

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes

For his part, Fiennes has never been better, creating a compelling, completely credible Dickens down to the minutest historical details from his reported approachability to his bottomless reserves of energy…


Posted on January 26, 2014 by

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 121 minutes

For the first half hour or so, Streep’s bitch on wheels schtick is good mean fun but the script (by Letts) jettisons so much of the play that what made it to the screen feels sketchy and super-stagey-like something Eugene O’Neill might’ve written for the Lifetime Channel…


Posted on January 8, 2014 by

AMERICAN HUSTLE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 138 minutes

From the voice overs and criminal milieu to the supersonic zooms and pop song cues (always more compelling than whatever’s happening on screen while they’re playing), it’s the best Scorsese movie Scorsese never made…


Posted on December 18, 2013 by

OUT OF THE FURNACE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116 minutes

It’s a movie made in the tradition of character and issue driven pictures of the 70s. Let’s just say it fares better at evoking that moment in cinema than equaling it…


Posted on December 12, 2013 by

PHILOMENA

1 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 98 minutes

“Philomena” is so pandering, patronizing and proudly by the numbers it makes the “The Guilt Trip” look like “Lawrence of Arabia”…


Posted on December 3, 2013 by

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 117 minutes

You’ve seen the tabloid shots of the actor so skeletal it’s unclear what’s holding his pants up. Now you can see the reason he put himself through such a punishing transformation. And you should. Even if the movie isn’t quite as excellent as he is…


Posted on November 25, 2013 by

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