Archives for September 2013


Short Term 12

A stunning, moving film
Brie Larson and Frantz Turner
Directed by Destin Cretton

“There is no way not to tell this right,” a cheerful Mason says to his co-workers Grace and Nate as he relates a story while on break outside the drab foster care residence where they work. The same could be said of "Short Term 12," a thoughtfully executed film that examines a range of emotions, from love and hope to despair and the pain of betrayal in an astonishingly moving ninety-six ... more >


Ron Howard's best film in some time
Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl and Olivia Wilde
Directed by Ron Howard

Should we accept the common virtue of safety? Or, sometimes in the future when cars become self-regulated, will we--too stubborn to lose the thrill--reject the disappearance of the human element? Pushing toward that thrill is at the axis of "Rush," Ron Howard’s superb film about Formula 1 racing of the seventies. At the end of the push, Peter Morgan’s script suggests, is ecstacy or mortality. ... more >


From the director of "Incendies"
Jake Gyllenhaal and Melanie Laurent
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

“Prisoners” is the most maddening kind of failure: an abrasively portentous thriller that, in spite of its copious flaws, manages to startle the audience a handful of times. Because director Denis Villeneuve regards screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski’s cut-and-dry kidnapping story as an ultra-serious treatise on torture, and because the superb cast (Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence ... more >

Dina Goldstein

The photos Disney doesn’t want you to see

Artist Dina Goldstein shows us how things really turned out

From design magazine DEMILKED, a photo series that will crush your childhood fantasies and finally make a man out of you. These are the photos Disney didn't want you to see (click for the full details) (all photos are by artist Dina Goldstein) ... more >

Enough said

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Gandolfini's last picture show
James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Toni Collette
Directed by Nicole Holofcener

“Enough Said” will be fondly remembered as the late James Gandolfini’s final film, not to mention the one that most accurately depicted his real-life gentle giant nature. But it also marks the first starring/dramatic film role for TV comedy queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine, HBO's Veep), who (a few too many face-crinkling tics aside) proves herself capable of carrying ... more >


Nicole Kidman performed lead role

It's truly the stuff that dreams are made of. The first images of "Grace of Monaco," a new film directed by Olivier Dahan ("La vie en rose") with the enviable lead role given to Nicole Kidman was released this week. This biopic retraces the life of the princess and movie star as it happened between 1961 and 1962. At that time, a political and financial crisis embroiled France and Monaco together, ... more >