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Daily Archives: December 28, 2012
In the Oscar-buzzed film of “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne turns his “Sideways” eye on Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel about family dysfunction in Hawaii. It’s a lovely, heartfelt character study of common, everyday people trapped on the horns of an uncommon … Continue reading
The German filmmaker Werner Herzog has made a very long and fruitful career out of finding eerie beauty and menace in the oddest places. Nowhere is this more obvious than in his occasional documentaries, films which take us “out there” … Continue reading
Eye-contact is how it begins — a shared glance on the subway, maybe followed by a smile but always cranked up from a glance to a penetrating stare. Brandon, played with a chilling allure by Michael Fassbender, is an old … Continue reading
There is so much “business” that the fourth big comic book movie adaptation of the summer has to take care of that frankly, it’s astounding that director Joe “Jumanji” Johnston is able to take care of it all, and with … Continue reading
Daniel Radcliffe acquits himself reasonably well in his first adult big screen role, a man haunted by “The Woman in Black.” He plays a young lawyer, a single father and widower with enough conviction to make this spooky period piece … Continue reading
Men on opposing sides of war find their shared humanity in their love of animals in “War Horse,” Steven Spielberg’s sentimental epic about a country thoroughbred who travels from the fields of Devonshire to the trenches of the Somme in … Continue reading
It was an age of motorcycle ninjas and drug gang uzis, of cocaine deals in parking garages where everybody was backlit, photographed from below, ready to break into “Beat It” or “I’m Bad,” should Michael Jackson turn up on … Continue reading
“The Imposter” is a mesmerizing con-artist comedy and a chilling true crime thriller, a French documentary built around actor recreations and revealing and yet mystifying real-life interviews with those involved And what they were involved with is as hot-button … Continue reading
Aamir Khan seems to be the one superstar of Indian film to consistently get his movies into the American export market. Ever since the cricket match during the Raj epic “Lagaan” (2001), his movies have shown up here reaching the … Continue reading
“Liberal Arts” is to Josh Radnor what “The Five-Year Engagement” was to Jason Segel — a big screen extension of his small-screen “How I Met Your Mother” persona. Radnor’s second outing as a writer/director/star has him playing an overly … Continue reading