Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Review

  • The Playlist
    9 comments
    tweet
    0

    Cannes Review: 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning Seduces With The Pervading Power Of A Dream

    Greeted with diffident, muted applause at Cannes -- where it was instantly vaulted into must-see territory the second it arrived in competition despite being the debut effort of a first-time director -- "Sleeping Beauty" is a film that seduces and repels, that flickers between a come-hither smoldering gaze and dead-eyed passive aggression. This is, in many ways, the kind of film you only get at a major festival, a hothouse flower, beautiful and delicate and yet surprisingly hardy and potentially toxic. At the same time, it's exactly the kind of film least well-served by being screened at a major film fest, with considered, slow contemplation ...

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    4 comments
    tweet
    0

    Cannes Review: 'Midnight In Paris' Is A Classically Whimsical Woody Allen Treat

    Sometimes it feels hard to badmouth Woody Allen at all, even when he's in the creative doldrums. Movies like "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and "Hannah and Her Sisters" aren't just masterpieces, they're benchmarks of American cinema. So when he lets off a largely forgettable t...

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    19 comments
    tweet
    0

    I've Read Steve McQueen's "Shame" Script, And, Well, It's A Lot Like "Hunger"

    It may be should be somewhat of a coincidence that I found myself reading Steve McQueen’s script for his next film, Shame, currently in post-production, at the same time as Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. I say that because these two filmmakers couldn’t be more different in terms of style – fo...

    Read More »
    MORE: Preview, Review
  • The Playlist
    2 comments
    tweet
    0

    Review: Even Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Natalie Portman Can't Save The Oddly Off 'Hesher'

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran during the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Review: Kristen Wiig's 'Bridesmaids' Is A Winning Balance Of Hilarious & Heartfelt

    The following is a reprint of our review from the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Review: 'Everything Must Go' Is A Tender & Winning Indie Drama With Will Ferrell At His Low-Key Best

    The following is a reprint of the review that ran at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    7 comments
    tweet
    0

    Review: 'Daydream Nation' Is An Emo, Teenage Angst Mixtape & An Insufferable Afterschool Special

    Featuring a dreamy indie-rock soundtrack that quickly turns sour, a sense of disenfranchised teenage romanticism that curdles under its own emo, twee-ness and some occasionally charming performances and admittedly clever quips, the indie film, “Daydream Nation” can’t hide the fact that it is absolutely callow -- riddled with vapid coming-of-age cliches expressed first and foremost by a rather painful voice-over and endless slo-motion music-video montages. Directed and written by Canadian filmmaker Michael Goldbach (co-writer of Don McKellar’s "Childstar"), the tedious and cloying picture reads and sounds like the diary of a deluded and guilel...

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    2 comments
    tweet
    0

    Review: 'Something Borrowed' Is Something Truly Awful

    From its empty soul to its poorly framed shots ready for pan-and-scan conversion, “Something Borrowed” seems primed to play on Saturday afternoons on E!, sandwiched between reruns of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Bridalplasty.” Based on the chick-lit hit of the same name by Emily Giffin, th...

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Review: Jodie Foster’s ‘The Beaver’ Starring Mel Gibson Can’t Quite Hit Its Tonal Sweet Spot

    The following is a reprint of our review from SXSW.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    6 comments
    tweet
    0

Recent Posts


  • Game Of ThronesRecap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Episode ...The Playlist
  • Woody Allen Propels 'Fading Gigolo' ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • "Game of Thrones'" Purple Wedding: A ...Criticwire