Minuscule: 'A refreshingly different approach to animation'

Oct 15, 2014

Minuscule: 'A refreshingly different approach to animation'

Most children’s animation these days is motor-mouthed to the extreme and larded with snarky pop-culture gags, but French film “Minuscule” takes a refreshingly different approach. Filmmakers Helene Giraud and Thomas Szabo honed their skills on animated shorts over the past decade and now drop ...

The World's End (World's End: Yopparai ga Sekai wo Suku!)

Oct 15, 2014

The World's End (World's End: Yopparai ga Sekai wo Suku!)

Director: Edgar Wright Language: English Director Edgar Wright is usually a pretty safe bet for a good laugh (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”), but “The World’s End” is painful. Simon Pegg plays a middle-aged lout who enlists his reluctant old school friends (Nick ...

Let's be 'Frank' about mental illness and music

Oct 8, 2014

Let's be 'Frank' about mental illness and music

Imagine a band where the singer is so painfully shy and awkward that he must wear a giant papier-mache puppet head — not only on stage, but pretty much all the time. That’s the premise of “Frank,” starring Michael Fassbender under the mask; a ...

Hannibal

Oct 8, 2014

Hannibal

Language: English American TV drama “Hannibal” revives the iconic serial killer from Thomas Harris’ “Red Dragon” and “The Silence of the Lambs” novels. Mads Mikkelsen stars as the cultured cannibal, while Hugh Dancy plays a highly empathic criminal profiler with Asperger’s syndrome, and Laurence ...

Frank: Skewering the cult of mental illness as art

Oct 1, 2014

Frank: Skewering the cult of mental illness as art

Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man with a dream: He wants to be in a band. He wanders the streets looking for something, anything, to give him some inspiration to write a song, and spends endless hours twinkling at his keyboard. Yet everything ...

If I Stay: High school romance with a coma on top

Oct 1, 2014

If I Stay: High school romance with a coma on top

This adaptation of Gayle Forman’s best-selling young adult novel from 2009 follows high school teen Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), who is worrying about her boyfriend, college and stuff like that when an auto accident puts her into a coma. The bulk of the film ...

For no Good Reason

Oct 1, 2014

For no Good Reason

Director: Various Language: English “My idea of humour was that it would be quite maniacal,” says artist Ralph Steadman in “For No Good Reason,” the Johnny Depp-narrated doc covering Steadman’s career. We’d expect that from the guy best known for his savage illustrations for ...