Paramount Pictures Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content. Running time: 139 minutes Two and a half stars out of four. “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky’s take on the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark, is a fascinating and frustrating amalgamation of a couple different cinematic impulses that wouldn’t necessarily seem to go together. Aesthetically, […]
Behold the bat-shit craziness as Darren Aronofsky takes on The Bible. But despite its gorgeous visuals and dazzling special effects, Aronofsky’s version of the Noah’s Ark tale almost isn’t crazy enough. It’s actually quite faith-affirming — surprisingly so for a big-budget studio picture.
“Mistaken for Strangers,” about the indie rock band The National, takes a totally different route into a genre we’ve all seen a million times: the music documentary. Matt encouraged all of us to see it because he loved it so much, and I’m so glad we did.
Magnolia Pictures Unrated. 118 minutes. Three stars out of four. Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That’s certainly the most startling revelation to come from “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” — much more so than any of the much-ballyhooed sex itself, which is pervasive and graphic and presented so plainly as to be clinical. Sure, von […]
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: In a rigidly structured, dystopian future, one extraordinary teenage girl will emerge as either its savior or its destroyer. “Divergent,” based on the Veronica Roth novel, definitely follows a familiar, young-adult formula. But the performances — namely from stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James — […]
“John Doe: Vigilante” is a shrill and sanctimonious screed about the ineffectiveness of the judicial system, combined with gory scenes of repeat offenders dying the deaths they “deserve.” Intended as a serial killer thriller, it’s more of a slog, not so much a whodunit as a whydunit—and by the end, it’s: Who cares? My one-star […]
Like Tris standing before all those bowls at the Choosing Ceremony, I’m mixed on “Divergent.” But I’m way more positive on it than Matt and Alonso are. Then again, I made myself read the book — and now I actually want to read the next two.
That wacky Lars Von Trier. Who knew he was funny? Much has been made about the graphic nature of this film, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg plays a sex addict recounting her exploits for Stellan Skarsgard. But not only is it not a titillating experience, it’s also lighter and more playful that you might expect — […]
I really wanted to love “Muppets Most Wanted.” It’s got a lot of funny individual bits and jokes and celebrity cameos, but the story just isn’t there, especially compared to the most recent Muppet movie. As Matt puts it here, “It’s fine, it just isn’t great.”
With the Oscar-nominated “The Missing Picture,” writer-director Rithy Panh takes a daunting and emotionally draining topic — the atrocities Cambodians suffered under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge during the 1970s — and presents it in a way that’s personal, imaginative and even strangely beautiful. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here