Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Movie Reviews

  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Panic Button: Chris Gorak's "Right at Your Door"

    In his book on the Apollo 11 moon landing, "Of a Fire on the Moon," Norman Mailer wondered whether, in addition to providing wish fulfillment, dreams might act as psychic simulation chambers "where the possible malfunctions of life tomorrow and life next year could be tested, where the alternate plans could be tried." If movies can be said to resemble dreams of the collective unconscious, an idea suggested since the birth of the medium, then what are we to make of the current crop of films reimagining horrific terrorist attacks, panicked citizens, and draconian federal responses, films like "War of the Worlds," "Children of Men," and now "Rig...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    2 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | 'core Truths: Joe Swanberg's "Hannah Takes the Stairs"

    "It's like a musical couch," one character comments, shifting positions on a sofa with two others, nicely summing up the narrative thrust of the wispy but radiant "Hannah Takes the Stairs." The line also unwittingly references the cinematic cross-pollination taking place amongst the real-life troup...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | It Happened in Sao Paulo: Jason Kohn's "Manda Bala"

    [EDITOR's NOTE: Steve Ramos' review of "Manda Bala" appeared as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the Sundance Film Festival in January.]Much attention is being made over first-time feature filmmaker Jason Kohn's apprenticeship with documentary master Errol Morris but the twenty-something director deserves unshared acclaim for his bright, beautiful and utterly engrossing omnibus film "Manda Bala" (translated from Portuguese to "Send a Bullet") Like the multiple storyline in Morris' landmark film "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control," Kohn spends time with a variety of Brazilians, rich and poor, good and bad, city dwellers and rural dwellers. He does...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    6 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Last Gasp: Frank Oz's "Death at a Funeral"

    "Death at a Funeral" is the kind of movie that inspires anticipatory eyeball-rolling--you feel like you've heard permutations of its punch lines in craftier incarnations numerous times before, even as it's just getting going. This hunch was confirmed when I was cued to chortle mightily at the incong...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    3 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | The Outside Scoop: Tom DiCillo's "Delirious"

    "Delirious" represents a return from direct-to-DVD purgatory for Tom DiCillo, still probably best remembered--when he is--for his calling card 1995 film, "Living in Oblivion," a self-reflexive look behind-the-scenes of an independent film shoot that piggybacked on the mid-'90s vogue for all things "...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Sunset Stripped: Julie Delpy's "2 Days in Paris"

    Paired with another scruffy American in Paris, Julie Delpy actively engages viewer recollections of "Before Sunset" in her DIY feature-length directorial debut. Playing like a rough-around-the edges reinterpretation of Richard Linklater's transcendent "Before Sunrise" sequel, "2 Days in Paris" echoe...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Blisters in the Sun: "Rocket Science" Blasts Off

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: This review of "Rocket Science" was first published during the Sundance Film Festival in January.]

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Kissability: Christophe Honore's "Dans Paris"

    If the critical act can be described simply as the attempt to reconcile in words a personal aesthetic philosophy with that of another as expressed through an artistic work, then criticism comes easiest when a work's flaws and missteps are apparent, the creator's ineptitude runs rampant, or the guidi...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Moving Up: Jule Gavras's "Blame It on Fidel"

    Julie Gavras's first feature "Blame It on Fidel" is based on an Italian novel of the same name, but given that the filmmaker's father is Costa-Gavras, the famously committed leftist director behind "Z," a sense of covert autobiographical impulse hovers over the adaptation. Her protagonist, Anna (Nina Kervel, in her film debut), is a precocious nine-year-old living in a typical bourgeois French household complete with nanny, garden, multilevel apartment, and (most importantly for Anna) easily understandable codes of conduct. Her father, Fernando (Stefano Accorsi), may be Spanish and speak slightly accented French, but that small blip aside, ...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    REVIEW | Dark Undercurrents: Stefan Krohmer's "Summer '04"

    Crystal blue waters on which sailboats glide; cooling, hushed evenings for night drives; creaking floorboards of vacation retreats: "Summer '04" uses familiar elements from seasonal coming-of-age and romance films and twists them to sinister, damaging effect. Director Stefan Krohmer and screenwriter Daniel Nocke, both veterans of German TV and collaborators on Krohmer's 2003 debut, "They've Got Knut," set out on a seemingly standard course when adolescent Nils (Lucas Kotaranin) takes along younger girlfriend Livia (Svea Lohde) on a trip with his parents, Andre (Peter Davor) and Mirjam (Martina Gedeck), to the Baltic coast, where the family ow...

    Read More »

Popular Posts


  • Oscar Predicts Chart 2014Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATEThompson on Hollywood
  • Dolphins, Deeds and Drops Dare Destiny: ...Box Office Insider
  • Titans, NightwingAkiva Goldsman’s Heading Up A (Teen) ...The Playlist
  • TIFF ISA of the Day MK2 SydneysBuzz
  • Daily Reads: The Death of Adulthood, ...Criticwire
  • Stray DogsReview: Tsai Ming-Liang's 'Stray Dogs' ...The Playlist
  • Kevin Kline-Maggie SmithMy Old LadyLeonard Maltin
  • James McAvoy-Jessica Chastain-promoThe Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: ...Leonard Maltin
  • Big GameTIFF Review: 'Big Game' Starring Samuel ...The Playlist
  • Trailers From Hell on Vincent Price ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • Toronto: RADiUS Buys Nick Kroll's Comedy ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • StretchWatch: 4 Teaser Clips From Joe Carnahan's ...The Playlist
  • The BabadookWatch: 3 Clips For Aussie Horror 'The ...The Playlist
  • Paper PlanesTIFF: Trailer And 2 Clips For Feel Good ...The Playlist
  • Sleeper of the Week: Tsai Ming-Liang's ...Criticwire

Latest Tweets


Follow us