'Jodorowsky's Dune'

Jun 12, 2014

'Jodorowsky's Dune'

Frank Pavich’s documentary, “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” explores director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune” to the big screen — one of cinema’s great what-ifs. The documentary covers the two years from the project’s inception to 1975, when it fell ...

'Virginia'

Jun 12, 2014

'Virginia'

Director: Dustin Lance Black Language: English “Straight to DVD” is usually a harbinger of doom, but in the case of “Virginia,” it’s gotta be worth a look, based on the people involved — actors Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, director Dustin Lance Black and ...

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Jun 5, 2014

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wes Anderson has always been a bit of a mystery to me. His films are remarkably consistent in their approach and stylistic idiosyncrasies, yet they seem equally capable of leaving me rapturous (“Moonrise Kingdom”) or cold (“The Darjeeling Limited”). I’m not alone here: Check ...

'Pompeii'

Jun 5, 2014

'Pompeii'

Perhaps it’s a mistake to expect anything more from Paul W.S. Anderson — the director of the never-ending “Resident Evil” series and generic fare such as “Alien vs. Predator” — but I was hoping for something more than a shameless rip-off of “Gladiator” with ...

'Filth'

Jun 5, 2014

'Filth'

Director: Jon S. Baird Language: English Scabrous Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 1998 novel finally gets a screen adaptation, with James McAvoy playing a plainclothes detective who’s a twisted ball of rage. He’s a racist, sexist, homophobic hedonist. Director Jon Baird is faithful to the ...

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

May 28, 2014

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Coen Brothers are exceptional among American filmmakers for having had a long and prosperous career without ever significantly watering down or altering their sensibility along the way. You could draw a line from their indie debut “Blood Simple” through to Oscar-winners “Fargo” and ...

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

May 28, 2014

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

The new “X-Men” plays like “The Terminator” crossed with “American Hustle” via “12 Monkeys.” Given that the series has spawned six films over 14 years, non-fans may need to do some homework to catch up before viewing. In a future where mutants have been ...

The Wolf of Wall Street

May 28, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

Director: Martin Scorsese Language: English Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill star in this true-life tale of corrupt Wall Street. brokers Jordan Belfort and Donnie Green, who breeze through the 1980s on a whirlwind of hookers, blow and insider trading. Director Martin Scorsese does a ...

'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 ...