'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Dec 19, 2013

'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Most people define Jim Jarmusch by the impeccably cool hipster portraits of his early films in the 1980s, such as “Down by Law” or “Mystery Train.” But if you think about it, he’s really been moving through a series of genre flicks for the ...

'Love and Bruises'

Dec 19, 2013

'Love and Bruises'

Why do we fall for people who are clearly wrong for us? Why does sex blind us to the fatal flaws in a relationship? How can you choose a lover if you don’t really know what you want? Answer to that last one: You ...

'New Rose Hotel'

Dec 19, 2013

'New Rose Hotel'

Director: Abel Ferrara Language: English If I were to say, “Forgotten 1998 indie film starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento and Ryuichi Sakamoto,” your eyes would light up. If I were to add, “Directed by Abel Ferrara,” the hope would drain. NYC director ...

Director Cuaron examines all angles when shooting 'space'

Dec 12, 2013

Director Cuaron examines all angles when shooting 'space'

Last month, we heard Paul Greengrass, director of “Captain Phillips,” talk in detail about his choppy, handheld, visceral filming style. This month, we get to hear from Alfonso Cuarón, director of the massive hit “Gravity,” whose style is about 180 degrees different. Smooth, fluid, ...

'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 ...