Tom Hardy drives a car along a London motorway for an hour and a half, and it’s gripping. Alonso, Ben and I all went a little nuts for this brilliantly executed, low-budget drama.
A24 Films Rated R for language throughout. Running time: 85 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. Movies that take place in real time and/or confined spaces may sound like flimsy gimmicks — see: “Phone Booth,” “Buried” — but when they work, they can be supremely gripping. Take last year’s “All Is Lost,” […]
From revenge comedy to cautionary tale to scatological raunchfest to female empowerment drama, director Nick Cassavetes’ veers wildly all over the place. For a while, though, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann share an enjoyable chemistry as two of the three woman who discover the same serial philanderer has wronged them. But then come the poop […]
Nazis and puberty and a creepy doll factory, all wrapped up in one story: The prospect of such anxiety sounds like it would be almost be too much to bear. But “The German Doctor” treats its depiction of “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele’s years of hiding in Patagonia with artful restraint. My RogerEbert.com review. Read […]
Johnny Depp takes over the Internet — which sounds like a frightening prospect, but it’s actually quite silly.
Summit Entertainment Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and sexual references. Running time: 109 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Draft Day” reminded me a lot of “Moneyball,” understandably. Both are about the behind-the-scenes, stat-based wheeling and dealing that go on between big-league professional sports teams — number crunching rather than bone crunching. While the […]
Austere and old-fashioned almost to a fault, “The Railway Man” offers tastefully safe treatment of a horrific subject: the torture of a British Army officer at a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman give solid performances in this true story. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
Alonso, Matt and I were all shocked at how good “Draft Day” is. Great cast, it moves well and it provides a window into an important element of sports we don’t ordinarily get to see.
Magnolia Pictures Unrated. Running time: 124 minutes. Two stars out of four. All the humor and humanity that made “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” such an unexpectedly rich and enjoyable experience are long gone in “Nymphomaniac: Volume II.” The Lars von Trier you know and love (or love to hate) is back: cynical, misanthropic, punishing. The Danish […]
It’s never as good as the first time. Alonso and I review the second half of Lars von Trier’s four-hour “Nymphomaniac,” which is far more dark and grim and judgmental than “Volume I.” The cynical, misanthropic von Trier is back.