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 ...

'Elysium'

Sep 19, 2013

'Elysium'

On the one hand “Elysium” is the last of this year’s summer blockbusters, the new Matt Damon star vehicle and the Hollywood debut by South African director Neill Blomkamp, acclaimed for his debut aliens-among-us feature “District 9.” On the other, this is a political ...

'Byzantium'

Sep 19, 2013

'Byzantium'

The post-”Twilight” boom in all things vampire continues, but this latest undead flick comes from Irish director Neil Jordan (“The Crying Game”), whose 1994 adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire” well preceded the current trend. Clara and Eleanor are “sucreants” — vampires ...

'Zero Dark Thirty'

Sep 19, 2013

'Zero Dark Thirty'

Director: Kathryn Bigelow Language: English Kathryn Bigelow’s study of the decadelong hunt for Osama bin Laden will either fascinate or infuriate. Shown through the eyes of an iron-willed intelligence analyst (played by Jessica Chastain), the film insists that it was one woman’s hunch — ...

'The Wolverine'

Sep 12, 2013

'The Wolverine'

While it never seems to be as high-profile as the “Iron Man” or “Spider-Man” franchises, the “X-Men” series is actually the longest-running Marvel Comics series on the big screen, and it’s the one that opened the gates to Marvel’s current dominance. For my money, ...

'Strutter'

Sep 12, 2013

'Strutter'

Allison Anders started off as a scrappy indie filmmaker — cutting her no-budget first feature, “Border Radio,” after hours at the UCLA film school — and after a flirtation with mainstream success in the 1990s (the iconic “Gas Food Lodging” and “Grace of My ...

'Paranorman'

Sep 12, 2013

'Paranorman'

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell Language: English Oregon’s Laika stop-motion studio follows up 2009′s excellent “Coraline.” Eleven-year-old Norman can talk to the spirits, but when he warns that a long-dead witch is coming back for revenge, people just think it’s freak-boy trippin’ out, so ...

Director James Mangold puts soul into Wolverine's demons

Sep 5, 2013

Director James Mangold puts soul into Wolverine's demons

“The Wolverine” may look like just another in a long line of superhero movies to hit the screen this year — it’s the latest installment in Marvel’s “X-Men” franchise — but it’s certainly the first one directed by a guy who cites director Yasujiro ...

'Side Effects'

Sep 5, 2013

'Side Effects'

Director Steven Soderbergh’s retirement from cinema after a career of 30-plus years has been much ballyhooed, and is hopefully only temporary. But if “Side Effects” turns out to be his last movie, it’s a shame, because this one shows him at the top of ...

'Le Magasin des Suicides'

Sep 5, 2013

'Le Magasin des Suicides'

In the miserable satire-world of French animated comedy “Suicide Shop,” people are fined by the cops and billed for damages for failed suicide attempts. Of course in present-day Japan, this is the sad reality, where bereaved relatives get a bill for the disruption caused ...