Ben Whishaw, dominant and poised, mesmerizes in “SURGE” | REVIEW

Directed by Aneil Karia Starring Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington and Hammed Animashaun Alienation is unhealthy, it is not good for the psyche. Fading into the background with no friends or acquaintances, people who go unnoticed would do almost anything to have their voice heard and for someone to see them. Loneliness and an uncaring world can drive some people to madness. In Aneil Karia’s ... more >


A dystopia in the not-so-distant future
Stars Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Director Yorgos Lanthimos's fourth feature-film, and second one at the Cannes Festival, can be divided into two parts: the first, good one, and the second half, which takes place in a woodsy area. There are trees, lots of them, and people living in them who attempt to alternatively break away from, and comply with, some complicated social constructs governing celibacy and marriage. How does THE ... more >


Six Degrees of Wachowski
Tom Hanks, Halle Barry and Jim Broadbent
Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lane Wachowski

“Cloud Atlas,” the latest effort from the Wachowskis, wraps a half-dozen stories, settings, and groups of characters into one film. But it doesn’t matter how many stories they do, their song remains the same. The “Matrix” helmers have hit the same point for a while now. Liberty is the freedom from illusions that are perpetrated by relationships of power. Bravery is the willingness to fight ... more >

Bright Star | REVIEW

An irrepressible need for love
Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider
Directed by Jane Campion

This could be known as the Jane Campion dilemma, after the film’s talented, maddening director, who always gets caught thinking about how to swim to shore. Sometimes she swims to shore even when she’s not in the lake. At her best she is the absolute master of ritual, passion and restraint. At her worst, she is an over- decorator of temporarily fashionable received wisdom that doesn’t stand up to ... more >