'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 ...

'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 — ...