The thoroughly enjoyable "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is Wes Anderson's… MoreThe thoroughly enjoyable "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is Wes Anderson's grandest film. And that's saying a lot from the creator of past gems such as "Rushmore".
The surprisingly effective military thriller "Lone Survivor" may wave… MoreThe surprisingly effective military thriller "Lone Survivor" may wave the American flag a bit aggressively at times, but it delivers a "Saving Private Ryan" meets "Rambo" action saga.
Entertaining look at the world of backup singers, "20 Feet From… MoreEntertaining look at the world of backup singers, "20 Feet From Stardom" is a treat. The best moments are when the performers' faces are in full frame as they listen to their old recording - the memories flying in their minds.
The documentary touches on the highs and the lows of the music business for these performers and never fails to entertain. The only issue with "Stardom" is how it jumps from interview to interview leaving very little time for facts to sink in and to settle - you get to know the major players but the minor players that are extensively interviews aren't given much chance to connect.
Yet "20 Feet From Stardom" proves to be an in-tune documentary that proudly wears its heart on its sleeve.
A very scary film. Not because it's in the horror or thriller genre,… MoreA very scary film. Not because it's in the horror or thriller genre, but because it is a potent reminder of how humans can be bigger monsters than any creature you can invent.
In the Danish film "Jagten (The Hunt)" Mads Mikkelsen, who's doing some incredible work on NBC's "Hannibal" is compelling as a man wrongly accused by a young girl of sexual molestation. This likable and responsible adult is viciously ostracized by a town that without reservation believe the accusation. What makes the story even more potent is that the town is filled with former friends and people that have known the main character for his whole life. The accuser is his best friend's young daughter so the difficult situation becomes even more desperate.
"The Hunt" is a punch in the gut emotionally but as a film, it is strongly realized and will stay with you for a while.
A movie with all the trappings of a insightful and intricate drama -… MoreA movie with all the trappings of a insightful and intricate drama - the actors display all the emotions of rage, anger, sadness and confusion that failed relationships bring. Yet ultimately the film fails to be as meaningful of a character study as it thinks it is.
"Le Passé" (The Past) is brave enough to imply lots of things about humans but doesn't go as far to make you believe them. Once the central secret is revealed the film decides to become a mystery vs a human drama and then the proceedings just get more unbelievable as every twist gets revealed.
The performances are top-notch, though I wish Tahar Rahim was more commanding. Rahim, so revelatory in "A Prophet", fails to really connect with the character cohesively so it's hard to imagine why Berenice Bejo is with him. Her daughter implies a reason at one point but the film does nothing to explore that truth other than continue to imply it.
"The Past" is worth watching for several scenes that are powerful. The scenes with young son Fouad are strong - and he becomes one of the more interesting characters in the film. Ali Mosaffa is great as the soon-to-be ex-husband but you never quite know what drove the relationship to fall apart and the first half of the film where you follow him and how he causes the unravelling of this family is more interesting than the second half of the film.