'Penthouse North'

Jan 2, 2014

'Penthouse North'

“What a curious tea party,” thought Alice, as the March Hare poured a torrent of Darjeeling into her saucer. The Mad Hatter stood on his chair and posed a riddle: “When is a remake not a remake?” “I believe I can guess that,” said ...

'Insidious: Chapter 2'

Jan 2, 2014

'Insidious: Chapter 2'

“Insidious” is what happens when you take the director of one horror-movie franchise — “Saw” helmsman James Wan — and team him up with the producers of another — Jason Blum and Oren Peli of “Paranormal Activity.” If that sounds about as promising as ...

'Planes'

Dec 26, 2013

'Planes'

If it looks like a Pixar, and barks like a Pixar, it must be a Pixar, right? Well, no: “Planes,” which looks exactly like “Cars 3″ with wings, is actually produced by DisneyToon Studios, working off a concept created by Pixar honcho (and “Cars” ...

'Feu: Crazy Horse Paris'

Dec 26, 2013

'Feu: Crazy Horse Paris'

Frederick Wiseman’s documentary “Crazy Horse,” looking at the Parisian burlesque cabaret of the same name, was a surprise fave last year, showing the racy stage shows to be surprisingly creative in their use of staging and lighting. “Feu” is simply another doc on the ...

'Everybody Street'

Dec 26, 2013

'Everybody Street'

Director: Cheryl Dunn Language: English With the advent of high-res smartphone cameras, who isn’t a bit of a photo buff these days? “Everybody Street,” directed by Cheryl Dunn, hears from several generations of NYC urban photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Jill Freedman and Rick Powell. ...

'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, ...