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
Matt and I play catch-up with this feel-good football flick, based on the true story of the powerhouse team at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif.
Chloe Grace Moretz’s grounded, naturalistic presence goes a long way toward making mushy material palatable. Director R.J. Cutler adapts the Gayle Forman young adult novel about a teenage girl trapped in an ethereal realm between life and death. Don’t even try to hold back the sobs. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
Alonso and I were both pleased to find that this was better than the average teen weepy. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a cello prodigy trapped between life and death after a devastating car accident. Should she stay or should she go?
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are completely lovely as a longtime couple who finally enjoy the opportunity to get married legally in New York after 39 years together. It should be the happiest time of their life — but it’s just the beginning of their troubles. Ira Sachs’ drama is honest and true about the […]
Alonso and I did an all-spoiler review of the extremely inventive drama “The One I Love,” starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a couple struggling to save their marriage. Seriously, do not watch this review ’til you’ve seen the movie. It’s twisty. (But FYI, we both really liked it.)