'Hope Springs'

Aug 1, 2013

'Hope Springs'

Feminism is redefined in “Hope Springs,” a tale of two 60-somethings locked in a marriage gone stale and opting for a week of intensive marriage counselling in a picturesque Maine town. Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) have been married for 31 ...

'The Lone Ranger'

Aug 1, 2013

'The Lone Ranger'

All the ingredients for a mega summer blockbuster are here, but somehow “The Lone Ranger” has failed to captivate U.S. moviegoers. Some estimate it may be the highest-grossing western in history, but it’s still falling far short of recouping its $225 million budget. Too ...

'Your Sister's Sister (Love Triangle)'

Aug 1, 2013

'Your Sister's Sister (Love Triangle)'

Director: Lynn Shelton Language: English Rosemary DeWitt (“Rachel Getting Married”) and Emily Blunt (“Sunshine Cleaning”) are Hannah and Iris — they’re as different as sisters can be, but they wind up spending time in their family’s getaway cabin with Iris’ chum Jack (Mark Duplass). ...

Spirits linger in the trinkets of Hiroshima's dead

Jul 25, 2013

Spirits linger in the trinkets of Hiroshima's dead

They say most people have one or more defining childhood incidents — something that sets the course of their adult life and molds their personality. Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund had one, and it was so striking that to this day she can still remember the ...

'Things Left Behind'

Jul 25, 2013

'Things Left Behind'

When the Japanese refer to “the war,” they mean World War II. When they talk about “the bomb,” they mean the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945. The event is so familiar, the contours of its tragedy ...

'The Moth Diaries'

Jul 25, 2013

'The Moth Diaries'

“The Moth Diaries” can be described as the female-fronted equivalent of “Another Country” minus the political angst and overt sexuality. Otherwise, the intense narcissism and overwrought peer pressure that characterized what is now a classic elitist adolescent movie is duplicated here in “American Psycho” ...

'Wreck-it Ralph (Sugar Rush)'

Jul 25, 2013

'Wreck-it Ralph (Sugar Rush)'

Director: Rich Moore Language: English Widespread obesity has given sugar a bad name in the U.S. But in Wreck-it Ralph, “Sugar Rush” is a video game, and you can’t get fat from those … right? Anyway, this Rich Moore-directed Disney production swoons with nostalgia ...

'The Paperboy'

Jul 18, 2013

'The Paperboy'

Swamp trash melodrama unfolds with stylish 1960s grittiness in “The Paperboy” and demonstrates Nicole Kidman’s ability to fashion herself into an angel fallen to Earth in the guise of a hooker. She plays Charlotte Bless, a peroxide blonde who makes no bones about having ...

'Une Estonienne a Paris'

Jul 18, 2013

'Une Estonienne a Paris'

Jeanne Moreau was a French superstar back in the day, but decades later, the now-octogenarian’s on-screen presence continues to be defined by a haze of ennui and ambivalence that she wraps around herself like a delicate shawl. Moreau’s appearance in “Une Estonienne a Paris” ...

'Pleasantville (Color of Heart)'

Jul 18, 2013

'Pleasantville (Color of Heart)'

Director: Gary Ross Language: English I picked up 1998 movie “Pleasantville” at my rental store the other day — what a blast from the past. It stars a young Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon as teenage twins in suburbia, USA, who get zapped into ...