This week, Drafthouse Films is re-releasing the cult classic “Ms. 45,” Abel Ferrara’s 1981 rape and revenge tale which, in retrospect, was really rather revolutionary. As part of Women’s Week at RogerEbert.com, Sheila O’Malley, Susan Wloszczyna and I had the pleasure of doing on online roundtable discussion of the film.
“Twice Born” takes the Bosnian conflict and tastelessly uses it as the backdrop for a melodramatic romance and a twisty mystery involving paternity. The ill-suited Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch struggle to convince us that they’re desperately in love with each other. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Frozen,” the latest Disney musical extravaganza, preaches the importance of embracing your true nature but seems to be at odds with itself. Little girls will absolutely love it, though — and it is never short of gorgeous to watch. My RogerEbert.com review.
Alexander Payne rips the lid off the Midwestern mythology with his latest film, “Nebraska.” Bruce Dern gives the performance of his prolific career as a cantankerous drunk who believes he’s won a million dollars and insists on making the 900-mile trek to pick up the prize money personally. This is a movie that stuck with me and moved me the more I thought about it. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Reaching for the Moon,” about poet Elizabeth Bishop’s lesbian romance in Rio, has some strong performances and oozes boldly minimalist mid-century modern style. But ultimately it feels like one of those frustratingly superficial biopics that try to cram in too much without providing much insight. My RogerEbert.com review.
I first saw “Ass Backwards” as a juror at this year’s Outfest film festival and found myself laughing nearly the entire way through — even though the wild scenarios weren’t always all that funny — thanks to the commitment and outrageous chemistry between co-stars, co-writers and longtime collaborators June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. My RogerEbert.com of this ditzy girl-power comedy.
“Paris Countdown” is a middle-aged bromance tucked inside a French crime thriller, a slick and brutal B-action picture that finds writer-director Edgar Marie channeling Nicolas Winding Refn channeling early Michael Mann. It all feels familiar but never feels memorable. My Roger Ebert.com review.
Comedian Gad Elmaleh is chilling as the young CEO of a powerful French bank trying to master the various power plays in motion around him. Veteran director Costa-Gavras finds greed may not be as good as it used to be in this financial thriller. My RogerEbert.com review.
“Kill Your Darlings” plays like a sort of Muppet Babies version of the Beat Poets. The self-serious way these figures regard themselves—and the self-serious way the film regards them—is cringe-inducing, early and often. My RogerEbert.com review.