For no Good Reason

Oct 1, 2014

For no Good Reason

Director: Various Language: English “My idea of humour was that it would be quite maniacal,” says artist Ralph Steadman in “For No Good Reason,” the Johnny Depp-narrated doc covering Steadman’s career. We’d expect that from the guy best known for his savage illustrations for ...

Red Obsession

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession

As someone who drinks a fair bit of wine, allow me to make a heretical statement: French wine is overrated. This is not to suggest that the French are not capable of producing some truly fantastic quaffs, but let’s be frank: If money is ...

Jealousy

Sep 24, 2014

Jealousy

I always take a keen interest in French auteur Philippe Garrel, who has spent an entire career pouring his relationship joys and (mostly) troubles into films such as “Wild Innocence” and “Les Amants Regulars,” but I haven’t found many of his films to be ...

Dark Hearts

Sep 24, 2014

Dark Hearts

Director: Rudolf Buitendach Language: English This column was created to highlight some of the films that bypass the cinemas and go straight to DVD. Great in theory, but the reality is more like “Dark Hearts.” This cheesy and pretentious erotic thriller, about an artist ...

Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

Sep 17, 2014

Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

Jim Broadbent is one of those ubiquitous British actors whose face you’d recognize long before you knew his name. I first spotted him as Dr. Jaffe, the quack plastic surgeon in Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” (1985), but others will recall the small parts he played ...

Le Week-End

Sep 17, 2014

Le Week-End

Glancing at the promotional posters for “Le Week-End” — with their romantic shots of the Eiffel Tower and a beaming, laughing couple — you might suspect this is a warm, fuzzy rom-com for the over-50 set. Paris is for lovers, as they say, and ...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sep 17, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) was the boldest, most inventive series reboot Hollywood has attempted in recent years, and I’m happy to report that its sequel keeps pushing the envelope. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” begins a decade after ...

Noah

Sep 17, 2014

Noah

Director: Darren Aronofsky Language: English Darren Aronofsky has been one of the more adventurous filmmakers of the past two decades and, in a sense, “Noah” is his riskiest film yet. Is it possible to take a Bible story and turn it into a Hollywood ...

Dawn of the motion-capture renaissance

Sep 10, 2014

Dawn of the motion-capture renaissance

If “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second chapter in the reboot of the much-loved sci-fi franchise, feels like a different sort of blockbuster sequel — deeper, richer, more involving — that may be because director Matt Reeves is not your typical ...

Guardians of the Galaxy

Sep 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

If the poster for “Guardians of the Galaxy” seems a bit like a parody of a space-opera movie — with its ray-gun firing hero, green-skinned Amazon, machine-gun toting space racoon and giant alien plant — well, that’s because it is. Kind of. Director James ...