It's been a long time since I've seen a Hong Kong action movie in an American cinema. Back in the early '90s, with fanboys and cineastes alike going ape over the so-called "new wave" of Hong Kong filmmaking (thanks mainly to John Woo's legendary shoot-'em-ups), stateside distributors took more of a chance in putting HK flicks up on US screens.… read more!
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Entertaining "documentary" from the popular British graffiti artist known only as Banksy. What Banksy – his face hidden in shadow, his voice distorted in post-production – explains to us at the beginning of the movie is that a strange, annoying little Frenchman named Thierry Guetta had been videotaping the world's great graffiti artists obsessively, and was going to make a documentary about… read more!
Paul Dano is Louis, a nervous young man with an interest in 1920s literature and a gnawing curiosity about wearing women's underwear. After a humiliating incident at the New Jersey prep school where he teaches, he relocates to New York City, where he finds a new roommate in Kevin Kline's Henry Harrison, an eccentric dandy who dabbles in being a… read more!
This average comedy stars Jason Bateman as the young owner of a thriving extract company (meaning a small factory that churns out bottles of almond, cherry, root beer, and vanilla extracts) who feels that his wife (Kristen Wiig) has lost interest in sex, and so he starts to fixate on his company's hot new temp (Mila Kunis), who is in… read more!
Oddball chamber piece from the man behind the remarkable time travel flick Timecrimes, which is very much worth seeing. Vigalondo seems to have a fondness for making science fiction-flavored movies with tiny casts, few locations, and obviously low budgets. But whereas Timecrimes had an expertly designed script, Extraterrestrial's plot never quite blows up into anything interesting. The film's premise: a… read more!
Hotshot Thai filmmakers the Pang Brothers (Danny and Oxide - yes, Oxide) crank out another slick offering, an Asian variation on The Sixth Sense in which a blind woman named Mun (Lee Sin-Je) receives a cornea transplant and almost immediately starts seeing ghosts all around her. This gimmick provides for numerous scenes in which Mun has one eerie encounter after… read more!
With its slow, international film festival-style pacing and its exotic Portuguese star, you might assume that The Eyes of My Mother is a European production. Nope – this gothic chiller was made right here in the USA. The film covers three chapters in the life of Francisca, a woman growing up on an upstate New York farm, who rather inexplicably gains her immigrant parents'… read more!