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? ...

'Oblivion'

Oct 10, 2013

'Oblivion'

Director: Joseph Kosinski Language: English “Oblivion” was the first of this year’s crop of underwhelming sci-fi films. In 2077, aliens have taken control of Earth’s surface, and Tom Cruise plays a bubble-craft pilot protecting the massive space-tankers that siphon off the remaining water to ...

'Red Dawn'

Oct 3, 2013

'Red Dawn'

One day we’ll wake up and the sky will be green, the grass will be blue and dogs will walk humans on leashes as gleeful gnomes burble in frothy rivers of chocolate. If all that seems like a reasonable proposition, then maybe you’re ready ...

'The Company You Keep'

Oct 3, 2013

'The Company You Keep'

Robert Redford’s career as a director continues its “good liberal” phase, and he’s three for three now in films that feature a great cast, political relevance and a distinct inability to take off and soar. After Afghan War intrigue in “Lions for Lambs” and ...

'Killing Them Softly (Jackie Cogan)'

Oct 3, 2013

'Killing Them Softly (Jackie Cogan)'

Director: Andrew Dominik Language: English Much like “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” director Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” stars Brad Pitt and resembles a genre film (gangsters) while not delivering the thrills. Pitt plays a mob enforcer who has ...

'Heaven's Gate'

Sep 26, 2013

'Heaven's Gate'

The 1970s are fondly remembered now as an insanely creative and risk-taking era for American cinema, and there’s one infamous film that is generally blamed for bringing it all to a crashing halt: “Heaven’s Gate.” Director Michael Cimino had cleaned up at the Oscars ...

'Warm Bodies'

Sep 26, 2013

'Warm Bodies'

Most zombie movies look at the undead and decide they’re a problem best solved with a bullet to the head. But director Jonathan Levine gives us “Warm Bodies,” which suggests that when World War Z comes, all you’ll need is love. R. (Nicholas Hoult) ...

Iron Man 3

Sep 26, 2013

Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black Language: English I’ll take my Robert Downey Jr. however it’s served, and if it comes in a can, well, so be it. This third installment in what seems like one of a gazillion Marvel franchises doubles down on everything: This should ...