Five Great Gus Van Sant Movies

Tomorrow, I get to travel to Portland — a city I’ve never been to, strangely enough — for fewer than 24 hours for work. Getting ready for this trip got me thinking about Gus Van Sant, who has set so many of his movies in his adopted hometown in the Pacific Northwest. So I went […]

Revisiting Mindy Kaling & Matt & Ben

The insanely likable and talented Mindy Kaling has been at the center of debate lately because of her ELLE magazine cover — or rather, because of what we don’t see of her: any part of her body from the chest down. While the other actresses (Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler and Allison Williams) adorning various versions […]

Out of the Furnace

Relativity Media Rated R for strong violence language and drug content. Running time: 116 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four. “Out of the Furnace” is a down-and-dirty revenge picture whose classy cast elevates it above its gritty, grimy trappings. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are chief among them as troubled brothers who […]

What the Flick?! — Out of the Furnace

Alonso, Matt and I are mixed on “Out of the Furnace.” It’s a gritty, grimy genre picture about meth heads and backwoods criminals that’s elevated by an excellent cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.

What the Flick?! — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

I loved the lyrical indie drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” Alonso did not. So we had a minor squabble.

Five Most — Clunky Movie Titles

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a gorgeous film — definitely one of my favorites this year — but it has an unfortunately clunky title. I realize it’s intended to harken to a time, a place, a mood. But I hope it’s not off-putting to potential viewers, because it’s very much worth seeking out. Still, this […]

RogerEbert.com — Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a devastatingly beautiful film with an absolutely terrible title. It borrows more than a tad from Terrence Malick but also heralds the emergence of a talented filmmaker in David Lowery. My review for RogerEbert.com. Read the review here