'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

May 22, 2014

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

The Great Man theory of history has long been a controversial one: is history shaped by exceptional men who enact change through sheer force of will, or is it the result of larger forces, like class, economics and technological progress? Cinema is an art ...

'Last Vegas'

May 22, 2014

'Last Vegas'

“Last Vegas” is about as clever as the pun of its title. It’s a geriatric riff on “The Hangover” that features four Oscar-winning actors playing to type. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play old neighborhood buddies from New York ...

'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

May 22, 2014

'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

Director: John Cassavetes Language: English John Cassavetes is often regarded as the godfather of American indie filmmaking. His stuff can often be as frustrating as it is rewarding, but when it works, it soars. “Faces”, “Shadows”, “A Woman Under the Influence”, “Opening Night” and ...

'Disconnect'

May 15, 2014

'Disconnect'

Nicholas Carr, in his eye-opening book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” has poignantly observed how “When we’re online, we’re often oblivious to everything else going on around us. The real world recedes as we process the flood of symbols ...

'Post Tenebras Lux'

May 15, 2014

'Post Tenebras Lux'

If you wanted to make a parody of the modern art film, you’d have a hard time making it more ridiculous than Carlos Reygadas’ glacially paced, obtuse, festival-focused film “Post Tenebras Lux,” which somehow won him Best Director at Cannes in 2012. Poetic long-take ...

'Only God Forgives'

May 15, 2014

'Only God Forgives'

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn English and Thai Art-directed to within an inch of its life, this neo-noir set in Bangkok involves a boxing gym owner (Ryan Gosling) whose brother is killed after raping a young girl. Their mom (Tilda Swinton) shows up demanding revenge. ...

'My Little Princess (Violetta)'

May 8, 2014

'My Little Princess (Violetta)'

When we talk about revenge flicks, they’re usually violent and involve someone like Charles Bronson, or Uma Thurman with a samurai sword. But there is another type of revenge flick: the autobiographical one, in which the whole raison d’etre of the film is the ...

'We Are What We Are'

May 8, 2014

'We Are What We Are'

The set design and cinematography are certainly more artfully composed than in your average knockoff, and director Jim Mickle has assembled a potent cast, including Hal Hartley regular Bill Sage and some bright new talent in the form of Ambyr Childers from “The Master” ...

'Seven Psychopaths'

May 8, 2014

'Seven Psychopaths'

Director: Martin McDonagh Language: English, Vietnamese “Seven Psychopaths” is an off-the-wall meta-flick that follows alcoholic screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) as he works on a generic film (about murderers) he doesn’t believe in, and his aspiring actor friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), who moonlights as a ...

'Withnail & I'

May 1, 2014

'Withnail & I'

Kichijoji’s storied Baus Theater will be closing its doors on June 10, but it is going out with a bang, reviving a bunch of its most popular hits from the past three decades, including “El Topo,” “Sid & Nancy,” “Picnic” and “Dark Star.” The ...