'Wałesa: Man of Hope'

Apr 3, 2014

'Wałesa: Man of Hope'

Poland’s legendary filmmaker Andrzej Wajda takes on Lech Wałesa, Poland’s man of the people, in this fictional documentary “Wałesa: Man of Hope,” and it comes as somewhat of a surprise. At 88 years old, Wajda’s insular and experimental artistic approach has shifted to a ...

'Enough Said'

Apr 3, 2014

'Enough Said'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been a comedic icon on American TV for two decades or so — her presence on “Seinfeld” no doubt kept several thousand people from slitting their wrists. She is the other half of why “Enough Said” works, and the question is, ...

'The Counselor'

Apr 3, 2014

'The Counselor'

Director: Ridley Scott Language: English The reptilian charms of Michael Fassbender are in full effect in this dark tale of drugs, sex, betrayal and unspeakable violence. Fassbender plays a brilliant lawyer who gets in over his head with a Mexican drug cartel. Brad Pitt ...

'Parked'

Mar 27, 2014

'Parked'

They say people can endure having nowhere to live, but having nothing to drive is licking the very bottom of the barrel. That fate hasn’t come to “Parked” protagonist Fred Daly (Colm Meaney), at least not yet. But he’s inching closer, as he eases ...

'21 Jump Street'

Mar 27, 2014

'21 Jump Street'

Jenko used to be a girl-magnet jock-god, so this high school thing should be a breeze for him. Not so for his cop buddy Schmidt (Jonah Hill), who was an overweight, bullied nerd and hasn’t changed much since graduation. The surprise is that high ...

'The Call'

Mar 27, 2014

'The Call'

Director: Brad Anderson Language: English “The Call” is an engrossing thriller, not least because of its strand of feminist empowerment. Halle Berry plays an LA 911 operator who gets a call from a girl (Abigail Breslin) who has been kidnapped and stashed in the ...

'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

Mar 20, 2014

'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

Love is supposed to crush you and marriage is the fast track to long-time despair. Such dark truisms are flung about in “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” a Belgian film whose spirit is so 20th-century Americana it may as well be draped in the Stars ...

'Saving Mr. Banks'

Mar 20, 2014

'Saving Mr. Banks'

The word “no” comes out of the lips of P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) more frequently than any other (I counted five in less than 50 seconds of screen time). She often strings them together like beads, presenting them to Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) himself, ...

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Mar 20, 2014

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Director: Thor Freudenthal Language: English Logan Lerman, star of last year’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” has another cinema identity as Percy Jackson. Despite the nerdy name, Percy is a direct descendant of Greek sea god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) and is a pretty ...

Surviving the latest trend in American cinema

Mar 13, 2014

Surviving the latest trend in American cinema

Who is this man? The protagonist in “All is Lost” is also its sole character — an older (but astoundingly fit) stranded sailor portrayed by 77-year-old Robert Redford. He’s unnamed, and does not speak except for right at the beginning of the film when ...