'Behind the Candelabra'

Oct 31, 2013

'Behind the Candelabra'

When Steven Soderbergh shopped around his Liberace biopic project, practically every studio in Hollywood took a pass on it, causing the director to publicly renounce the movie biz and say he was moving to TV, where he made the film for cable network HBO. ...

'Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)'

Oct 31, 2013

'Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)'

Director: John Hillcoat Language: English Set in Prohibition-era Virginia, “Lawless” is a hillbilly gangster flick following three bootlegger brothers who run home-brewed moonshine to big-city speakeasies. Tom Hardy plays the menacing eldest brother, while Jason Clark is his equally bad-ass sibling, leaving Shia LaBeouf ...

'Now You See Me'

Oct 24, 2013

'Now You See Me'

So many directors these days seem to want to be Christopher Nolan: There’s Zack Snyder aiming for “Dark Knight” portentousness with “Man of Steel” and Danny Boyle aping the false-reality trickiness of “Inception” with “Trance” to name but two. The latest wannabe is French ...

'Hannah Arendt'

Oct 24, 2013

'Hannah Arendt'

Hannah Arendt was the Jewish-German emigre philosopher and theorist who would become most famous for coining the term “the banality of evil” to refer to Nazi figures such as Adolf Eichmann, who could take a conscience-free, bureaucratic view of sending Jews to the gas ...

'Spark: A Burning Man Story'

Oct 24, 2013

'Spark: A Burning Man Story'

Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter Language: English “The place is an idea … so powerful and so alluring that people will go to the worst place in the world just to get a little taste of it,” says an interviewee in “Spark.” That place ...

'Trance'

Oct 17, 2013

'Trance'

The central premise of Danny Boyle’s latest, “Trance,” is a guy involved in an art heist who gets struck on the head and then can’t remember what he did with the purloined painting. This is clearly some sort of advanced conceptual prank, a cheeky ...

'Broken City'

Oct 17, 2013

'Broken City'

Mark Wahlberg plays a down-on-his-luck private detective — is there any other kind in the movies? — whose pretty young assistant (Alona Tal) is calling in unpaid debts to keep their business afloat. He’s an ex-NYPD cop and ex-alcoholic who was retired after a ...

Oct 17, 2013

'House of Cards'

Director: Various Language: English Who better to play an ego-driven, revenge-seeking Washington congressman than Kevin Spacey? And who better to launch a dark, cynical look inside the halls of power than director David Fincher? While the celebrity-director launch of a TV series is common ...

'Cairo Time'

Oct 10, 2013

'Cairo Time'

When you’re young, flirting is an activity that dangles real promise, the possibility that with the right chemistry, a hook-up may happen shortly thereafter. But when you’re older — married with kids, say, or just burned often enough to be sensible — the flirt ...

'Passion'

Oct 10, 2013

'Passion'

How does one describe the melange that is Brian De Palma’s “Passion”? “The Devil Wears Prada” reimagined as a film noir and shot in the style of 1980s French cinema du look? “Basic Instinct” with iPhones and Rachel McAdams (“Mean Girls”) as femme fatale? ...