The Way He Looks

Bach and Belle (and Sebastian)


Movie Reviews & Stories
Forget the love triangle. The Way He Looks gives us the love rhombus. Giovana loves Leonardo but Leonardo loves Gabriel and Gabriel loves Belle and Sebastian. The film, from Brazilian writer-d   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Theory of Everything

Relatively speaking.


Movie Reviews & Stories
A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s 30-year marriage to Jane Wilde, The Theory of Everything fits a tad too snugly into the biopic tradition. Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ expressionist   More
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

An Idiot's Guide to Harry and Lloyd: Dumb & Dumber To Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: Fuckin' BTwenty years since Dumb & Dumber entrenched the Brothers Farrelly as keepers of a peculiarly-‘90s frat house/preschool garden of filmic offense, the directors return to their first heroes for the sequel just about nobody demanded. As if there were any doubt, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) remain resolutely unchanged. Indeed, Lloyd has ...   More
 
Friday, November 14, 2014 JAY HORTON

Force Majeure

On thin ice.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The family of four lies on the bed, limbs intertwined. They’re Swedish. So of course they’re gorgeous—they look ripped from a Hanna Andersson catalog, down to their matching thermal underw   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Rosewater

Jon Stewart goes to Iran.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Rosewater is a torture film in which suffering is beside the point—it’s a lovely romp in the fields of tyranny. Gael García Bernal, who plays unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Canadian journalist   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan aces art class but flunks astronomy.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Christopher Nolan is Hollywood’s most masterful huckster: a blockbuster auteur who uses incredible sleight of hand to elevate into art what other directors would leave as garbage. He is the ki   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AP KRYZA

Citizenfour

With every move he makes, another chance he takes.


Movie Reviews & Stories
History happens in real time in Citizenfour, a behind-closed-doors account of Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal the dizzying extent of government surveillance programs. Much of Laura Poitr   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Rubbernecking: Nightcrawler Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+With eyes bulging from his gaunt skull like a Chihuahua trapped in an industrial vise, Jake Gyllenhaal is an unnervingly strange sight to behold when he walks onto the screen in Nightcrawler. And that’s before his character, Lou Bloom, even opens his mouth.Once Lou starts chattering—and boy, does Lou chatter—what emerges is one of the slimiest, most disarming sociopaths to hit ...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

Listen Up Philip

Schwartzman unbound.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Oh, the bittersweet deliciousness of being an asshole. Listen Up Philip revels in it. Director Alex Ross Perry has said in interviews that his film is an amalgamated homage to Philip Roth, and t   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Whiplash

Jazz as blood sport.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Whiplash clefts music from dance, love and spirituality. What’s left is muscle, red and raw, beating faster and faster against a drum. That’s how Damien Chazelle’s beautiful but troubling    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

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