This science-fiction adventure has a futuristic vision that is stylishly rendered, but without much substance beneath the spectacle.Full Story
Technological advances might have kept the war on terror at a physical distance, but in Good Kill, human emotions still take their toll. The latest drama from director Andrew Niccol (The Host) probes how a new generation of pilots still manages to experience burnout, remorse, and even post-traumatic stress disorder while flying missions from a […]Full Story
On screen, Blythe Danner’s latest role is that of a widow in her 70s struggling to break free from her grief and rejoin the dating scene. In real life, Danner admits she’s gone through periods of isolation since her husband, Bruce Paltrow, died of cancer 13 years ago. So naturally Danner’s life story helped to […]Full Story
Highlights include director Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, featuring Michael Cera and John C. Reilly. Alverson last directed The Comedy, which starred Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric fame) and won this fest back in 2013, despite its somewhat misleading title — the film, sort of a feature-length critique of ironic distance, was most definitely not a comedy. I didn’t like it, but it was certainly something. I’d also jot onto your personal schedule screenings of Tangerine, which was apparently shot almost entirely with iPhones, and Hard to be a God, which sounds completely insane.Full Story
When Iris Apfel landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on a recent late-evening flight, she wasn’t interested in retiring to her hotel room. She wanted to go shopping. “Half-dead as I was, I found out that there was an hour left to go to Last Call in Grapevine,” Apfel said during a recent stop in […]Full Story
During an era in which our big-budget Hollywood summer spectacles are so laden with “mythology” that they threaten to choke on their own exposition, it’s a pleasure to settle in for this efficiently told, batshit-crazy sequel/reboot of the Mad Max series.
Tom Hardy steps into the title role originated by Mel Gibson, and almost no time at all — just a few minutes of difficult-to-understand voiceover at the beginning — is spent reorienting us to a world we last saw in a movie made 30 years ago. That’s a smart choice by writer-director George Miller, for it makes all the many unique bits of a business (like humans used as living blood bags, henchmen who huff silver spray paint before launching an attack) all the more fascinating to discover.Full Story
When Chris Dowling wrote the first draft of Where Hope Grows more than a decade ago, it wasn’t a movie about Down syndrome. Ask the Richardson native now, and his latest film still doesn’t fit that description, even if it will inevitably become best known for its scene-stealing performance by David DeSanctis, a rookie actor […]Full Story
Those fussing about the lack of strong-minded, independent roles for women in Hollywood should probably stay far away from Hot Pursuit, a misguided road-trip comedy about an airheaded blonde and a cleavage-bearing Latina on the lam through Texas.Full Story
From its strong-willed heroine to its progressive views on socioeconomic class, it’s easy to see what makes Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd such an inviting book to adapt for the stage and screen.
The latest version, from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), is a well acted drama of romantic roulette that functions as a shallow examination of 19th century feminism with a 21st century mentality.Full Story
Needless to say, comedies about mental illness can be tricky from a narrative perspective. Most often the goal is to elicit laughs without becoming insensitive, and to be respectful without turning into a maudlin freak show.
So recognizing that Welcome to Me makes a decent effort, or succeeds despite its flaws, isn’t faint praise. It might lack in polish, but compensates with a terrific performance by Kristen Wiig as a woman with borderline personality disorder.Full Story