Amateur (Ai Amateur)

Jun 19, 2014

Amateur (Ai Amateur)

Director: Various Language: English When “Pulp Fiction” was released in 1994, Quentin Tarantino overshadowed all other U.S. indie directors at the time. Hal Hartley’s “Amateur” — an offbeat thriller — was released that same year, and it’s an absolute gem. Isabelle Huppert stars as ...

The most important sci-fi film never made

Jun 12, 2014

The most important sci-fi film never made

Cinema is strewn with the ghosts of films unmade — projects that spent years in development, teetering on the brink of being greenlit before disappearing without a trace. And one such project became the stuff of legend: cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s planned adaptation of ...

'Noah'

Jun 12, 2014

'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky has been such a challenging, inventive filmmaker for so long that when I saw the trailers for “Noah,” I cringed. It looked like every other formulaic summer blockbuster rather than a film from the guy who brought us sentient refrigerators in “Requiem ...

'Jodorowsky's Dune'

Jun 12, 2014

'Jodorowsky's Dune'

Frank Pavich’s documentary, “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” explores director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune” to the big screen — one of cinema’s great what-ifs. The documentary covers the two years from the project’s inception to 1975, when it fell ...

'Virginia'

Jun 12, 2014

'Virginia'

Director: Dustin Lance Black Language: English “Straight to DVD” is usually a harbinger of doom, but in the case of “Virginia,” it’s gotta be worth a look, based on the people involved — actors Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, director Dustin Lance Black and ...

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Jun 5, 2014

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wes Anderson has always been a bit of a mystery to me. His films are remarkably consistent in their approach and stylistic idiosyncrasies, yet they seem equally capable of leaving me rapturous (“Moonrise Kingdom”) or cold (“The Darjeeling Limited”). I’m not alone here: Check ...

'Pompeii'

Jun 5, 2014

'Pompeii'

Perhaps it’s a mistake to expect anything more from Paul W.S. Anderson — the director of the never-ending “Resident Evil” series and generic fare such as “Alien vs. Predator” — but I was hoping for something more than a shameless rip-off of “Gladiator” with ...

'Filth'

Jun 5, 2014

'Filth'

Director: Jon S. Baird Language: English Scabrous Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel finally gets a screen adaptation, with James McAvoy playing a plainclothes detective who’s a twisted ball of rage. He’s a racist, sexist, homophobic hedonist. Director Jon Baird is faithful to the ...

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

May 28, 2014

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Coen Brothers are exceptional among American filmmakers for having had a long and prosperous career without ever significantly watering down or altering their sensibility along the way. You could draw a line from their indie debut “Blood Simple” through to Oscar-winners “Fargo” and ...

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

May 28, 2014

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

The new “X-Men” plays like “The Terminator” crossed with “American Hustle” via “12 Monkeys.” Given that the series has spawned six films over 14 years, non-fans may need to do some homework to catch up before viewing. In a future where mutants have been ...