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The fantasy of just walking away

HAVE you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you go, you need to see the curiously brilliant ...

May 21, 2017, Sunday

Ritchie’s King Arthur a disappointment

DEEP into Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” a bad guy who we’ve never met before informs Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his mates that they’d better be at the castle before dark if they want ...

May 21, 2017, Sunday

Armenia genocide Promise falters

THE Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. That alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise” intriguing. Historical fiction ...

April 30, 2017, Sunday

Free Fire: Death, violence as it really is

THE shootout, often a ballet, is a battle royale in Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire.” When the bullets start flying, Wheatley’s arms-deal-gone-wrong 1970s shoot-up comes to a crawl. There’s a total absence ...

April 30, 2017, Sunday

Dazzling ‘Ghost in the Shell’ lost in translation

“I’VE been having glitches,” Scarlett Johansson’s part-human, mostly cyborg robot said in “The Ghost in the Shell.” “It will pass.” Rupert Sanders’ remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 influential anime classic, ...

April 16, 2017, Sunday

‘Gifted’ relies on movie formula

There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young gir...

April 16, 2017, Sunday

What if Sally had met Gozilla?

SPANISH director Nacho Vigalondo makes funny, fantastic, Frankenstein-like films that playfully combine small-scale with big-concept. His 2011 film “Extraterrestrial” is a romantic comedy on a handful ...

April 9, 2017, Sunday

It’s all about writing about ‘the slop’

“THEIR Finest” is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of World War II. It is also very much a movie-movie. Good-looking, ...

April 9, 2017, Sunday

A riveting true wartime story

IN German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by ...

April 2, 2017, Sunday

‘Life’ is a mediocre science-fiction thriller

LIFE is a box of chocolates, a highway and, alas, a mediocre science-fiction thriller. In Daniel Espinosa’s “Life,” an international space station orbiting the Earth intercepts an automated capsule returning ...

April 2, 2017, Sunday


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