'The Following: The First Season'

Feb 6, 2014

'The Following: The First Season'

Language: English Kevin Bacon’s first foray into the land of the TV miniseries is a chilling story about the battle between an FBI agent and a charismatic serial killer. The series was based on FBI reports that there are over 300 active serial killers ...

'Snowpiercer'

Feb 6, 2014

'Snowpiercer'

Snowpiercer” is the film that takes a hammer to climate-change denial. A sometimes whimsical but mostly horrible sci-fi simulation of what could happen in the event of a global-warming catastrophe, the story of “Snowpiercer” kicks off in 2014. And now that the U.N. is ...

Crushing drama through the eyes of little Maisie

Jan 30, 2014

Crushing drama through the eyes of little Maisie

Filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel aren’t known for blockbusters, but their films, including the duo’s 1994 debut feature “Suture,” have a reputation for artful framing and pensive little spaces of silence in the dialogue. McGehee and Siegel attribute this trick to their deep ...

'What Maisie Knew (Maisie no Hitomi)'

Jan 30, 2014

'What Maisie Knew (Maisie no Hitomi)'

What Maisie Knew” is based on the 1897 novel by Henry James. Then and now, “What Maisie Knew” deals with child-neglect, abandonment and just general, sharper-than-a-serpent’s-tooth bad behavior on the part of the parents. You want to think that such parents will look back ...

'A Five Star Life'

Jan 30, 2014

'A Five Star Life'

Unless one has a lot of wealth at handy disposal, one goes through a fair share of less than luxury hotels. Though in my case, “less” tends to lean toward “vastly less.” Anyway, here’s the story of a woman whose job is to stay ...

'The Lone Ranger'

Jan 30, 2014

'The Lone Ranger'

Director: Gore Verbinski Language: English Johnny Depp’s Tonto may be the sidekick to Armie Hammer’s daring Lone Ranger, but really it’s the guy with the bird on his head who steals the show. Crammed with overblown action sequences and splendid scarlet-and-orange sunsets over jagged ...

'American Hustle'

Jan 23, 2014

'American Hustle'

Being an American is an art form and the path is long and arduous, as we see all too plainly in “American Hustle,” a huge, sloppy American Dream saga set in 1978. Based loosely on the famed “Abscam” scandal that put several congressmen behind ...

'Thor: The Dark World'

Jan 23, 2014

'Thor: The Dark World"

Another year, another Marvel movie. The story begins several thousand years ago, when the warriors of Asgard stop the Dark Elves from using their mega-weapon, the Aether, to destroy the universe. Elf leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) escapes and lies low for a few millenniums. ...

Star Trek Into Darkness

Jan 23, 2014

Star Trek Into Darkness

Director: J.J. Abrams Language: English A dark chapter in the journey of the Enterprise, “Into Darkness” shows Kirk (Chris Pine) at his most vulnerable, while Spock (Zachary Quinto) is distracted by relationship problems with Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Their foe: a one-man weapon of mass ...

'Pawn Shop Chronicles'

Jan 16, 2014

'Pawn Shop Chronicles'

Not a whole lot of U.S. moviegoers seemed to know about “Pawn Shop Chronicles” when it opened there last year. It had a limited release, then fizzled into the ether. Which is probably the best thing for the planet and its inhabitants, but to ...