'The East'

Jan 30, 2014

'The East'

“The East” is your basic deep undercover cop thriller, but with a provocatively contemporary setup: In the lead role is Brit Marling, whose character isn’t actually a cop, but a private-sector spy named Sarah who’s been sent to infiltrate the mysterious “eco-terrorist” anarchist cell ...

'We Are Legion'

Jan 30, 2014

'We Are Legion'

Director: Brian Knappenberger Language: English What do we really know about Anonymous, the activist organization that seemingly springs out of nowhere to attack institutions online? This documentary traces the group’s origins on 4chan, rooted in outrageous humor and trolling, and the sudden shift into ...

Searching for hidden meaning in a Kubrick classic

Jan 23, 2014

Searching for hidden meaning in a Kubrick classic

I’m old enough — barely — to have seen Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece “The Shining” when it opened in the theaters back in 1980. My strongest memory of this tale of writer’s block meets cabin-fever insanity is that my girlfriend’s drink wound up in ...

'Before Midnight'

Jan 23, 2014

'Before Midnight'

Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” was the most deliciously romantic film of the 1990s. A young, devilishly handsome Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets bohemian beauty Celine (Julie Delpy) while both are on a train bumming around Europe; he talks her into spending a day with him ...

'Meanwhile'

Jan 23, 2014

'Meanwhile'

If you were into American indie cinema in the 1990s, you were into Hal Hartley, the New York City auteur (Long Island, actually) whose deadpan cool rivaled Jim Jarmusch, but with a more quizzical style of dialogue and impeccable alt-rock soundtracks. Yet after 1997′s ...

2 Days in New York

Jan 23, 2014

2 Days in New York

Director: Julie Delpy Language: English Basically the comedy version of the “Before Sunrise” series, “2 Days in New York” — like its predecessor “2 Days in Paris” — has Julie Delpy starring and directing in a relationship crisis from hell. Delpy’s character Marion is ...

Why Winding Refn doesn't care if you hate his movie

Jan 16, 2014

Why Winding Refn doesn't care if you hate his movie

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn was a film-school dropout who gained sudden acclaim at the tender age of 24 with his ultraviolent 1996 film “Pusher,” which was eventually developed into a trilogy. He reached wider audiences with “Fear X” (starring John Turturro) and British ...

'Only God Forgives'

Jan 16, 2014

'Only God Forgives'

On paper, “Only God Forgives” is a film I should love: Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, both personal faves, star in a surrealist film noir set in the seedy brothel side of Bangkok, a milieu just waiting for some movies to be shot ...

'Mud'

Jan 16, 2014

'Mud'

Indie director Jeff Nichols grew up in Arkansas, and he has milked that state’s ambience in his films: feuding brothers in “Shotgun Stories,” survivalist paranoia in “Take Shelter” and now life on a Mississippi delta houseboat in “Mud.” Nichols aims for that “Stand by ...

'Inside the Fifty Shades: Real Women Confess'

Jan 16, 2014

'Inside the Fifty Shades: Real Women Confess'

Director: Tatiana Bascope Language: English “You don’t know what turns you on until it happens,” says a submissive in “Inside the Fifty Shades,” a documentary that explores the BDSM lifestyle sensationalized by the best-selling erotic novels of E.L. James. On the one hand, it’s ...