Archives for August 2013


Blue Jasmine

[Perdido Productions]
Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins
Directed by Woody Allen

“Blue Jasmine” is a perfect film, the first perfect film I’ve seen all year. It is smart, well-written, entertaining, beautifully filmed and the performances are unbelievably good. The film is also more remarkable for what it demonstrates of the faculties of Woody Allen. After his amusing but rather shallow exercises of the past years, not only with his European forays but even before (remember ... more >

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The Act of Killing

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

If there were a subtitle to Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing," it could be "Fun Loving War Criminals." A cadre of aging Indonesian gangsters relive their part in a pogrom against communists in the sixties. In the political chaos of the time, the Indoneisan army staged a coup in order to pre-empt a suspected communist takeover of the government and saved Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver ... more >

Touchy Feely

[Magnolia Pictures]
Rosemary DeWitt and Ellen Page
Directed by Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton is an undeniably accomplished writer, editor, and director; her first film “We Go Way Back” won the grand prize at Slamdance in 2006. Since then she has distinguished herself through her astute observations of human relationships in all their weirdness and confusion. 2009's “Humpday” focused on two male friends considering making a gay porn film together, and led to a remake being ... more >

“Captain Phillips” to open TOKYO FEST

This year marks Tokyo Fest's 26th edition

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced that "Captain Phillips" directed by Oscar nominee Paul Greengrass has been selected as festival opener. "Captain Phillips" stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama (WATCH trailer) "The Kiyosu Conference," ... more >

The Spectacular Now

[Distributed by A24]
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley
Directed by James Ponsoldt

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are such a naturally charming on-screen couple that it takes quite awhile to realize the movie they're in, "The Spectacular Now," isn't very good. Directed by James Ponsoldt (who debuted with the far more focused and wrenching "Smashed" last summer) and adapted from a Tim Tharp novel by writers/co-producers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (who also wrote ... more >

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

[Aug. 16th, 2013; IFC Films]
Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster
Directed by David Lowery

Should art challenge us? Can we just let ourselves be taken by its emotional implications? These are some of the questions that revolve around "Ain't them bodies saints," a picturesque, if sometimes vexing, new film headed for the cineplex next Friday. The seventies somewhere in Hill Country Texas; grasslands, the occasional canyon, cities. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the outlaw Bob ... more >