'Lore'

Jan 2, 2014

'Lore'

“Lore” is both gripping and suffocating; at times it feels like filmmaker Cate Shortland is forcibly prying open your eyelids like that scene in “A Clockwork Orange,” impelling the viewer to confront the horror of what’s happening on screen. And that’s because feeling the ...

'Odd Thomas'

Jan 2, 2014

'Odd Thomas'

Director Stephen Sommers is known for works such as “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “Van Helsing”; in the words of one U.S. critic, he makes “watchable trash.” So “Odd Thomas” is a big surprise. It’s quirky and charming, with the occasional “Huh?” ...

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Dec 26, 2013

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

The second installment to “The Hunger Games” is hot and fast but also pensive — not what you’d expect from an adaptation of a Young Adult novel series. I reckon author Suzanne Collins’ work and the first “Hunger Games” should be on the syllabus ...

'Linhas de Wellington'

Dec 26, 2013

'Linhas de Wellington'

Only the brave and devoted moviegoer should tackle this monstrosity of a period film. Clocking in at close to three hours and featuring a 1,000-plus cast of European multinationals, “Lines of Wellington” (as it was released in English) is a cinema project of gargantuan ...

'The Moth Diaries'

Dec 26, 2013

'The Moth Diaries'

Director: Mary Harron Language: English British supermodel Lily Cole stars in this tale of the unbearable fragility of girlie existence. At a remote girls’ boarding school, the lonely Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) is thrilled when she gets the attention of dorm-mate Lucy (Sarah Gadon). But ...

Japanese couple's canvas alive with the art of love

Dec 19, 2013

Japanese couple's canvas alive with the art of love

Being an artist can be hard enough — but being part of an artist couple comes with a truckload of angst, as director Zachary Heinzerling demonstrates in his debut documentary feature “Cutie and the Boxer.” This is about the life and times of artists ...

'Cutie and the Boxer'

Dec 19, 2013

'Cutie and the Boxer'

When 59-year old Noriko Shinohara calls herself “Cutie,” you’ll want to take her word for it. She grabs the viewer at the opening scene of the documentary “Cutie and the Boxer,” which plays out like something from an early Jean-Luc Godard movie: It’s early ...

'Assault on Wall Street (Japan title: Wall Street Down'

Dec 19, 2013

'Assault on Wall Street (Japan title: Wall Street Down'

If you’ve never had the chance to sample the work of Uwe Boll (“Blubberella,” “Auschwitz”), this is an opportunity to tap into the “so-bad-it’s-god-awful” genre of which Boll is king. His latest, “Assault on Wall Street,” makes the Occupy guys look tame to the ...

'Chronicle'

Dec 19, 2013

'Chronicle'

Director: Josh Trank Language: English This sleeper hit traces the ups and downs (mostly the latter) of three high school kids who are turned into superhero types with telekinetic powers. Written by John Landis’ son Max and directed by newbie Josh Trank, “Chronicle” is ...