Some Velvet Morning (Labyrinth)

Jan 7, 2015

Some Velvet Morning (Labyrinth)

Director: Neil LaBute Language: English Director Neil Labute returns to the misanthropic, edgy territory of the 1990s films that made his rep such as “In the Company of Men.” Stanley Tucci — playing the lead for a change — stars as a slightly desperate ...

Son of God: 'There is little to no poetic license taken here'

Jan 1, 2015

Son of God: 'There is little to no poetic license taken here'

Just in time to be too late for Christmas is “Son of God,” Hollywood’s latest attempt to reboot the Jesus franchise. Director Christopher Spencer tries to give a more family-friendly version of the life of Jesus than the torture-porn brutality of Mel Gibson’s “The ...

High Maintenance

Jan 1, 2015

High Maintenance

Directors: Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair Language: English Weed was big in America last year, due to the tidal wave of medical marijuana to the outright legalization of recreational ganja use in several states, and no one nails the zeitgeist better than independent web-comedy “High ...

Broken

Dec 24, 2014

Broken

Director: Rufus Norris Language: English This straight-to-DVD release is better than expected. Theater director Rufus Norris makes his cinematic debut with “Broken,” which — unsurprisingly for a British film — takes a social-realist look at the lives of three very different families living around ...

Top 10 films of 2014: in search of originality

Dec 24, 2014

Top 10 films of 2014: in search of originality

The longer you go on watching and writing about film, the more you start to feel like one of those jaded vampires in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive.” It’s as though art’s power to surprise and amaze you is nowhere near what it ...

A Promise: 'It's hard to care about these doomed lovers'

Dec 17, 2014

A Promise: 'It's hard to care about these doomed lovers'

‘A Promise” seeks to be an intensely intimate portrait of repressed desire; a European “In The Mood For Love” set in pre-Great War Germany, with enough attentive butlers, elegant interiors and Sunday-finest promenades to make any Merchant-Ivory fan swoon. Based on the novel “Journey ...

The Moon in the Gutter (Mizo no Naka no Tsuki)

Dec 17, 2014

The Moon in the Gutter (Mizo no Naka no Tsuki)

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix Language: French (subtitled in English) Jean-Jacques Beineix wowed the world with his 1981 debut “Diva,” but his 1983 follow-up, “The Moon in the Gutter,” bombed — rare was the review that didn’t use the word “pretentious.” Three decades on, it stands ...