July 6, 2015

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Well, They Seem Nice

Let’s all make new friends with 'The Overnight'

Yay The establishment of intimacy, with all its confusions, frustrations and consolations, is just what interests writer-director Patrick Brice, who juices this minimal scenario with maximum efficiency. ... More

July 01, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

How Pruned Was My Garden

In 'A Little Chaos', Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet turn French history into a British period piece

Meh Alan Rickman has only directed two films now. His lack of practice is a hindrance, but not a deal-breaker on A Little Chaos. ... More

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

A Bike Lane Runs Through It

Dutch doc 'The New Rijksmuseum' reveals how art institutions do and don’t work

Yay Though it actually observes people falling asleep in meetings, the film itself is not boring. ... More

July 01, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

In Defense of Shutting In

'The Wolfpack' is a documentary about kids growing up in a locked house

Ok The Wolfpack becomes a loose laboratory study of the nature of escapism, raising such context-dependent questions as whether an obsession with Reservoir Dogs is healthy for kids. ... More

June 24, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Wastrels of the Upper West Side

Arielle Holmes gets discovered in 'Heaven Knows What'

Yay Heaven Knows What is a quasi-documentary of homeless young addicts adrift in the area that once was known as Needle Park. ... More

June 17, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Personal, Training

We don’t say the word ‘mumblecore’ even once in this review of Andrew Bujalski’s 'Results'

Yay Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's almost (but not quite) Hollywood-style film is a comedy about fitness training that hails by the dryly ironic title of Results. ... More

June 10, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Emotion Graphics

With 'Inside Out', Pixar once again gets into your heart and head

Yay A nimble ensemble piece, Inside Out exemplifies the platitudes of teamwork that seem baked in to the famously by-committee studio that produced it. ... More

June 17, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

The Man Makes the Clothes

Design not quite within reach in 'Saint Laurent'

Ok Bertrand Bonello’s film comes on like a narcotic and presents the life of late designer Yves Saint Laurent in a series of oblique narrative vignettes. ... More

June 10, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Mother of Gwyneth Paltrow Appears Confusingly Sensible

Blythe Danner’s lack of lead roles until 'I’ll See You in My Dreams' seems like excessive karmic retribution for bringing kook into world

Yay Here’s a refreshingly uncommon movie protagonist: a retiree and widow, wistfully reclusive even in the company of three bridge buddies and one fledged daughter. ... More

June 10, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Sans Popeye

'The Connection': Because in French, they don’t need to call it 'The French Connection'

Yay The fact-based tale of cops versus smack smugglers in 1970s Marseille may be familiar from a certain celebrated American film, but this take doesn’t seem daunted at all. ... More

June 03, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Once More Unto the Beach

'Love & Mercy' lies in bed just like Brian Wilson did

Ok In Love & Mercy, a bedridden Brian Wilson struggles mightily with almost becoming the star child from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or something like that. ... More

June 03, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?

If you’ll pardon that headline on a piece about Satyajit Ray’s great 'Apu Trilogy'

Yay Restorations of director Satyajit Ray's films have been ongoing since his death, and lucky you, now’s your chance to catch Ray’s masterly Apu Trilogy on the big screen. ... More

May 27, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Age During Beauty

In 'Iris', the late documentary maestro Albert Maysles hangs out with a fashion maven

Yay Everyone keeps calling Iris Apfel a “nonagenarian fashion icon,” because how many such people can there even be? ... More

May 27, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Frontiersman and Frontiersboy

'Slow West'. Because Fast East isn’t a thing

Ok In its best moments, Slow West manages to take the piss out of genre-mandated laconicism without losing sight of why we like it. ... More

May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Here’s that Estonian Oscar Submission You Asked For

'Tangerines' probably is as sweet and tart as a little Eastern European war drama can probably be

Ok Have you heard this one? A Chechen and a Georgian lie wounded in an immigrant Estonian’s house, circa 1992. ... More

May 27, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Hardy Appetites

A gal has her choices in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Yay It’s a weird cultural moment for a new movie of this old book. ... More

May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

The Kids Are…Well, They’re OK

Meet the Who’s managers in 'Lambert & Stamp'

Ok What it takes to produce a great quartet of gear-smashing mod rockers is this: on the one hand, a gay, Oxford-educated son of a composer, and on the other, yes, the kid brother to the future General Zod. ... More

May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer
 
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