This may look like a wacky spoof of 1970s sci-fi — something along the lines of “Airplane!” or “Spaceballs” — but Jack Plotnick’s beautifully designed comedy-drama actually has a lot more on its mind. It’s “The Ice Storm,” in space. We all really liked it.
Warner Bros. Pictures Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use. Running time: 103 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. Mawkish, self-satisfied and false, “This Is Where I Leave You” strenuously attempts to wring poignancy from its familial clashes and catharsis. More often, it’s cringe-inducing. It’s also massively frustrating as […]
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have tremendous chemistry as estranged siblings fumbling to reconnect after a decade apart. It’s an unusual dramatic film for them both — although there’s a great deal of twisted laughs in the mix — and the “Saturday Night Live” alumni rise to the challenge spectacularly. A rare rave from me […]
Based on a Dennis Lehane short story (and Lehane himself wrote the script), this is a totally solid crime drama which may seem a little familiar with its low-life figures and working-class setting. But it’s so well-made, well-cast and well-acted that not only will you not mind, you’ll be thoroughly engrossed. Tom Hardy is terrific […]
You will never listen to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” the same way again. Alonso and I went a little nuts for this movie.
Belle & Sebastian singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch wrote and directed this indie rock musical starring Emily Browning as an escaped mental patient who wanders the streets of Glasgow bursting into song. It’s sometimes awkward but often charming, with an appealing messiness about the production numbers.
“Frontera” is a well-cast, well-made, well-acted drama that you will probably forget about soon after you’ve seen it. Ed Harris stars as a retired sheriff grieving the loss of his wife, who died mysteriously on the couple’s rugged property along the Arizona-Mexico border. Michael Pena co-stars as the immigrant who’s wrongly accused in her death. […]
Even talented, likable actors like Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup can’t breathe life into this dull, vapid drama about bored rich people meandering about Manhattan. Stealing from the likes of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson doesn’t help.
Alonso and I thought “Frontera” was perfectly well-made and well-intentioned in telling intertwined stories along the Arizona-Mexico border. But in trying to see all sides fairly, it might be too detached.
Latvian-born artist Signe Baumane dares to trace the origins of her depression and suicidal urges throughout her family, and she does so through colorful animation and darkly humorous narration. Her film is both bold and exhausting, but Baumane’s candor is refreshing. My mixed RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here