'Gravity'

Dec 12, 2013

'Gravity'

Sometimes great results arise out of considering a simple “what-if.” For director Alfonso Cuaron and his film “Gravity,” the idea seems to have been: “What if you made a cliffhanger … with no cliffs?” Set in the freefall of space, “Gravity” is a heart-stoppingly ...

'The Bling Ring'

Dec 12, 2013

'The Bling Ring'

Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” is a slight tale of spoiled Southern California high schoolers — four girls, one guy — who have the idea of searching the Net to find out when celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan or Megan Fox are out attending ...

'The Master'

Dec 12, 2013

'The Master'

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Language: English Paul Thomas Anderson’s followup to the acclaimed “There Will be Blood” is just as ambitious — and just as flawed. His affinity for America’s grifters and shysters continues, with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a spiritual huckster (modeled on ...

Silent cinema takes a Grimm turn in 'Blancanieves'

Dec 5, 2013

Silent cinema takes a Grimm turn in 'Blancanieves'

A wise man once told me that however original and unique you may think your great new idea is, you’d better act on it quickly, because somewhere in the world someone else is having the exact same idea at the exact same time. In ...

'Blancanieves'

Dec 5, 2013

'Blancanieves'

Pablo Berger brings a film buff’s love for detail to this ode to 1920s silent cinema, an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow White” set in ’20s Andalusia. When a famous toreador (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) is gored in the ring, his pregnant ...

'Dear Mr. Watterson'

Dec 5, 2013

'Dear Mr. Watterson'

Director: Joel Alan Schroeder Language: English Readers of this paper will surely be familiar with the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” in reruns since its creator Bill Watterson bowed out at the height of his popularity in 1995 and became a recluse. Here you ...

'Captain Phillips'

Nov 28, 2013

'Captain Phillips'

You’re probably familiar with the news story that forms the basis of Hollywood’s latest torn-from-the-headlines thriller, “Captain Phillips”: A merchant marine ship is boarded by Somali pirates, the captain is taken hostage, and the U.S. Navy attempts a rescue with a crack-shot team of ...

'The Sessions'

Nov 28, 2013

'The Sessions'

It’s become kind of a cliche, famous actors playing the physically or mentally handicapped as a kind of sure-fire Oscar bait. Yet you’ve got to give it up for John Hawkes in “The Sessions”: He plays Mark O’Brien, a man paralyzed from the neck ...