David Bowie is Happening Now: 'a strange hybrid'

Jan 21, 2015

David Bowie is Happening Now: 'a strange hybrid'

“David Bowie Is Happening Now” is a strange hybrid. Rather than focusing on Bowie himself, it documents an exhibition held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013 of artifacts from the singer’s long and varied career. The exhibition itself was a huge success ...

A Single Shot (Japan title: Tenraku no Judan: Hitsuji)

Jan 21, 2015

A Single Shot (Japan title: Tenraku no Judan: Hitsuji)

Director: David M. Rosenthal Language: English Finding and keeping a big old case of suspicious-looking cash rarely turns out well for anyone in the movies, and that’s also true of “A Single Shot.” The film features a decent cast e_SEmD Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright ...

Third Person

Jan 14, 2015

Third Person

Director: Paul Haggis Language: English, Italian Paul Haggis’ “Third Person” intercuts between connected stories. There’s an alcoholic novelist (Liam Neeson) and his tempestuous younger lover (Olivia Wilde), a gullible American businessmen and the beautiful gypsy who may be conning him, among others. The tales ...

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 ...