'Gloria'

Mar 6, 2014

'Gloria'

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?” Lennon and McCartney posed the question, and “Gloria” provides an answer. Gloria, played by Paulina Garcia, is a 50-something divorcee whose children have grown up and moved out; she lives by herself in Santiago, ...

'Indignados'

Mar 6, 2014

'Indignados'

Tony Gatlif’s movies have always been about music, rhythm, movement and the rush of travel as much as any particular story, and his latest, “Indignados,” takes that to an extreme. Inspired by the best-selling screed of former French resistance fighter and concentration-camp survivor Stephane ...

The truth, like porn, can be seen from many angles

Feb 27, 2014

The truth, like porn, can be seen from many angles

“Lovelace” is a biopic on the 1970s porn superstar Linda Lovelace (real name: Linda Boreman), who rose to fame in “Deep Throat,” the low-budget hardcore sex comedy that went on to gross something like $600 million. Its story is based almost entirely on “Ordeal,” ...

'Lovelace'

Feb 27, 2014

'Lovelace'

“Lovelace” is a film that comes bifurcated, with a big red line down the middle separating its two acts into “The Dream” and “The Bummer.” In the first act we get the breezy story of Linda Lovelace, star of the 1972 mainstream porn blockbuster ...

Cockfighter

Feb 27, 2014

Cockfighter

Director: Monte Hellman Language: English Finally available on rental DVD is 1974′s “Cockfighter,” director Monte Hellman’s followup to “Two-Lane Blacktop.” While it’s not in the same league, “Cockfighter” is not without its charms, notably a typically rough-edged and volatile performance by Warren Oates. Set ...

'Walking Dead' explores a world of gore and order

Feb 27, 2014

'Walking Dead' explores a world of gore and order

When it comes to crack TV, AMC’s massively addictive series “The Walking Dead” reigns supreme. The shorthand description would be “zombie-apocalypse survival thriller,” and that’s true enough, but it goes deeper too. If you take away law, religion and society — what’s left? Can ...

'Nebraska'

Feb 20, 2014

'Nebraska'

Nebraska” is a film about very little indeed. An old man on the cusp of senility, Woody Grant, gets a piece of junk mail telling him that he’s the lucky sweepstakes winner of $1 million. His wife, his two sons, his friends all tell ...

'Kick-Ass 2'

Feb 20, 2014

'Kick-Ass 2'

They say that if you put 100 monkeys in a room full of typewriters for long enough, you’d eventually get some Shakespeare. But put 100 fanboys in the same room for an eternity and the results would probably still look a whole lot like ...

'End of Watch'

Feb 20, 2014

'End of Watch'

Director: David Ayer Language: English “End Of Watch” didn’t get much of a theatrical release here, but it’s a decent stab at breathing life into the buddy-cop genre. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as a couple of gung-ho LAPD officers who bite off ...

'Jeune & Jolie'

Feb 13, 2014

'Jeune & Jolie'

François Ozon’s “Jeune & Jolie” (“Young & Beautiful”) is a mystery — not in the sense of whodunit, but why. We first meet Isabelle (model Marine Vacth) on summer holiday with her family. She’s at that age — on the cusp of turning 17 ...