'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

Feb 6, 2014

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

Hollywood always goes through its trends, but it’s becoming increasingly clear we live in the era of the “series reboot.” From Spider-Man to 007, we see tired characters and properties revived with a younger cast, fresher digital effects and about a gazillion more dollars ...

'Killers'

Feb 6, 2014

'Killers'

Japanese-Indonesian co-production “Killers” starts off all too predictably for a torture-porn film. We get about a minute’s worth of a nude young woman shagging an unseen male, then once she’s been sufficiently eroticized, we see her tied to a chair, suffocating inside a plastic ...

'Compliance'

Feb 6, 2014

'Compliance'

Director: Craig Zobel Language: English A fast-food franchise manager (Ann Dowd) is having a bad day already when the police call and say that one of her teen employees (Dreama Walker) has stolen a customer’s purse. They ask her to strip-search her employee, which ...

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Jan 30, 2014

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

I’m working on a screenplay which, as they say in the industry, is “inspired by true events”. It’s about an actor — let’s call him Leo — who at a very early stage in his career co-stars with his idol — let’s call him ...

'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 ...