'Walking Dead' explores a world of gore and order

Feb 27, 2014

'Walking Dead' explores a world of gore and order

When it comes to crack TV, AMC’s massively addictive series “The Walking Dead” reigns supreme. The shorthand description would be “zombie-apocalypse survival thriller,” and that’s true enough, but it goes deeper too. If you take away law, religion and society — what’s left? Can ...

'Nebraska'

Feb 20, 2014

'Nebraska'

Nebraska” is a film about very little indeed. An old man on the cusp of senility, Woody Grant, gets a piece of junk mail telling him that he’s the lucky sweepstakes winner of $1 million. His wife, his two sons, his friends all tell ...

'Kick-Ass 2'

Feb 20, 2014

'Kick-Ass 2'

They say that if you put 100 monkeys in a room full of typewriters for long enough, you’d eventually get some Shakespeare. But put 100 fanboys in the same room for an eternity and the results would probably still look a whole lot like ...

'End of Watch'

Feb 20, 2014

'End of Watch'

Director: David Ayer Language: English “End Of Watch” didn’t get much of a theatrical release here, but it’s a decent stab at breathing life into the buddy-cop genre. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as a couple of gung-ho LAPD officers who bite off ...

'Jeune & Jolie'

Feb 13, 2014

'Jeune & Jolie'

François Ozon’s “Jeune & Jolie” (“Young & Beautiful”) is a mystery — not in the sense of whodunit, but why. We first meet Isabelle (model Marine Vacth) on summer holiday with her family. She’s at that age — on the cusp of turning 17 ...

'The Poker House'

Feb 13, 2014

'The Poker House'

Lori Petty’s career pretty much defines the term “flash in the pan”; she went from rising young star in 1991′s “Point Break” to bona fide box-office draw in 1992′s “A League of Their Own” to game over in the unloved “Tank Girl” (1995). Petty ...

'Top of the Lake'

Feb 13, 2014

'Top of the Lake'

Director: Jane Campion, Garth Davis Language: English The cinema-to-TV exodus continues with “The Piano” director Jane Campion helming this mini-series, a New Zealand take on the small-town murder mystery milieu of “Twin Peaks” but with David Lynch’s supernatural interests replaced by Campion’s sexual politics. ...

'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 ...