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.
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 — […]
Zoe Kazan is lovely in a multitude of roles, playing various versions of identical twin sisters. She and Jake Johnson share some effortless banter, but this ambitious comic drama doesn’t always hit the right marks tonally. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
George Clooney, as director, co-writer and star, put together an impressive cast to tell the story of a group of art historians who went behind enemy lines during World War II to recover millions of paintings and scultpures that Hitler stole. But the film is strangely dull and tonally off, and watching Clooney interact with […]
He’s a hunky convicted killer on the run. She’s a lonely divorcee raising a 13-year-old son. Over one unusually hot holiday weekend, they fall in passionate, doomed love—and they bake a heavily metaphorical pie. Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet do their best with some laughably soapy material in Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day.” My RogerEbert.com review. […]
Will Forte displays even deeper dramatic ability following “Nebraska” — and reveals himself as a surprisingly appealing romantic lead — in the small, Irish gem “Run & Jump.” But the even greater revelation is Maxine Peake, who’s radiant as a housewife and mother of two struggling to maintain her optimism after her husband’s stroke. (But […]
Paulina Garcia is indeed glorious as the title character: a divorced woman in her 50s carving out her own identity and finding her own happiness. This drama was Chile’s submission for the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards (it was not nominated, unfortunately) but it’s very much worth seeking out. It’s honest, unpredictable and just […]