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 ...

Red Obsession

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession

As someone who drinks a fair bit of wine, allow me to make a heretical statement: French wine is overrated. This is not to suggest that the French are not capable of producing some truly fantastic quaffs, but let’s be frank: If money is ...

Jealousy

Sep 24, 2014

Jealousy

I always take a keen interest in French auteur Philippe Garrel, who has spent an entire career pouring his relationship joys and (mostly) troubles into films such as “Wild Innocence” and “Les Amants Regulars,” but I haven’t found many of his films to be ...

Dark Hearts

Sep 24, 2014

Dark Hearts

Director: Rudolf Buitendach Language: English This column was created to highlight some of the films that bypass the cinemas and go straight to DVD. Great in theory, but the reality is more like “Dark Hearts.” This cheesy and pretentious erotic thriller, about an artist ...

Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

Sep 17, 2014

Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

Jim Broadbent is one of those ubiquitous British actors whose face you’d recognize long before you knew his name. I first spotted him as Dr. Jaffe, the quack plastic surgeon in Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” (1985), but others will recall the small parts he played ...

Le Week-End

Sep 17, 2014

Le Week-End

Glancing at the promotional posters for “Le Week-End” — with their romantic shots of the Eiffel Tower and a beaming, laughing couple — you might suspect this is a warm, fuzzy rom-com for the over-50 set. Paris is for lovers, as they say, and ...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sep 17, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) was the boldest, most inventive series reboot Hollywood has attempted in recent years, and I’m happy to report that its sequel keeps pushing the envelope. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” begins a decade after ...