The Hurt Locker's Brian Geraghty plays Davy Mitchell, a sad sack writer on a book tour/road trip across the Southwest with his brother, who answers the phone at their motel one night to find a woman named Nicole on the other end - who wants to have phone sex. Over the course of the following month, Davy and Nicole share… read more!
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A 1971-set story about a Pakistani immigrant and his white British wife, raising 7 children in a poor suburb of Manchester, based on screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din's semi-autobiographical play. Stressed father George Khan (legendary Indian actor Om Puri) can't deal with the fact that his kids are not growing up to be good traditional Pakistanis (uh, perhaps it's because they're half-English… read more!
One dark night in London, a Russian teenager dies in childbirth and the midwife at the hospital (Naomi Watts), who is conveniently half-Russian herself, takes the woman's diary and seeks to have it translated in order to find the girl's next of kin to give the baby to. In the first of many implausible moments, the midwife doesn't wait for her Russian uncle… read more!
Writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig presents a convincing argument that teenage life hasn't changed much in the last thirty years, in this appealing John Hughes-ish dramedy about an angst-ridden high school junior (Hailee Steinfeld) navigating the ups and downs of her suburban Oregon existence. The Edge of Seventeen has just a wisp of plot: acid-tongued Nadine (Steinfeld) finds her world turned upside… read more!
Boy, I wish this movie had a better name. Its working title, All You Need Is Kill – like the Japanese novel on which it's based – is no better, but Edge of Tomorrow sounds like a soap opera. It's hard to say whether this bland title deterred audience interest in the film, or if people are just kind of… read more!
It seems odd that Stuart Gordon, the director best known for cult-schlock titles like Re-Animator, Robot Jox, Castle Freak, and Space Truckers, would be helming a a David Mamet-written film, but Gordon's association with Mamet goes way back to the Chicago stage. Regardless, Gordon's background in horror somehow fits Mamet's lowbrow aesthetic, despite the highbrow audience that usually gravitates towards… read more!
The 1960s are definitely "in" these days, thanks to the cult TV series Mad Men and a spate of high-profile independent features, including A Single Man, A Serious Man, and now An Education, written by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby, author of About a Boy and High Fidelity, among others. Hornby adapts British journalist Lynn Barber's memoir of her strange year… read more!
Razor sharp satire about a high school in Omaha, Nebraska - director Payne's home town - where a monstrously ambitious high school student (Reese Witherspoon, who couldn't be more perfect in the role) decides to run for student body president, and a much-loved but self-righteous government teacher (Matthew Broderick) does everything he can to keep her from winning. The two… read more!
A fictional take on the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, Gus Van Sant's Elephant is a love-it-or-hate-it film if ever there was one. Even before it was released in the US, American critics were bashing it as being exploitative, wrongheaded, irresponsible, and above all, "too pretty". There are claims that Van Sant's depiction of an ordinary high school looks… read more!
Although Paul Verhoeven's Hollywood heyday is far behind him, the Dutch provocateur, now 78, is still reveling in his obsessions with sex, violence, betrayal, depravity, and dark humor with his latest feature Elle. The opening scene sets the tone, as the camera opens on Michèle (Isabelle Huppert), co-founder of a Paris video game company, being raped by an intruder in her flat. Afterwards, she has her locks… read more!
Oddly-conceived, minor, but wholly likable dramatization of David Lipsky's memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, written about the five days in 1996 that Lipsky, a writer for Rolling Stone, spent interviewing David Foster Wallace, who was winding down a publicity tour for his landmark novel Infinite Jest. Your interest in seeing The End of the Tour will be directly proportionate… read more!
Everybody knows about the corporate disaster known as Enron. But not many people (myself included) really know just what the scandal was about, outside of a giant company ripping off people and then folding. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, based on the bestselling book, is as informative as it is entertaining. It's important viewing material for anybody who… read more!
Anybody who sat through the challenging, ultra-violent Irreversible already knows about French cinema's enfant terrible Gaspar Noé, and what he's capable of. So if you have any idea who he is, you've already decided whether you can't wait to be thrilled by the director's visionary new Enter the Void or if you want to stay away from it at all… read more!
Julia Roberts plays the real-life Erin Brockovich, back when she was a sweetly trashy unemployed mother of three living in an LA suburb. When Erin's rumpled lawyer Ed (Albert Finney) fails to win her anything in an auto accident case, she demands that he at least give her a job as a file clerk, which he reluctantly does. (Erin, as… read more!
This dark, kinky indie became instantly famous for being shot covertly in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Because Disney is so notorious for siccing its lawyers on anyone who mars their brand, few people expected this film to receive distribution. First-time writer/director Moore got away with a parody defense, and now Escape from Tomorrow has seen the light of day.… read more!
When we first meet sad-sack New Yorker Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), his voiceover tells us that it is Valentine's Day, 2004, as he spontaneously skips work and takes a train out to Montauk, Long Island instead. Wandering the empty beach, he bumps into blue-haired free spirit Clementine (Kate Winslet), and they wind up spending 24 hours in each other's company.… read more!
Are you the sort of person who is open to the idea of sitting through a 3-hour, 40-minute, black-and-white Japanese film? If so, then keep reading. If not, then nothing I can say will get you to watch Eureka, because that's exactly what it is. This film offers many rewards for its viewers' patience, both aesthetically and emotionally. And it… read more!
Decent political drama about a Spanish film crew (led by an apparently Mexican director, played by Gael García Bernal) who come to Bolivia in 2000 in order to shoot a feature about Christopher Columbus' early subjugation of South American Indians, only to find out that the local Quechua actor they cast as a martyred Indian (Juan Carlos Aduviri) is simultaneously… read more!
This has been hailed as a "spiritual sequel" to writer/director Richard Linklater's 1993 ensemble comedy Dazed and Confused, since Dazed concerns Texas high school students in 1976 and Everybody Wants Some concerns Texas college students in 1980. All right, fine, I'll buy that. But Everybody Wants Some – its title taken from a Van Halen song, just as Dazed took its title from a Led Zeppelin song… read more!
Indie "it" boy Domhnall Gleeson is Caleb, a shy programmer at a Google-like corporation called Bluebook who has won a company-wide contest to spend a week with Bluebook's mysterious founder Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) in Nathan's ultra-remote mountain hideaway. Right off the bat, Ex Machina asks the audience to suspend a healthy amount of disbelief. How and why, exactly, does the billionaire CEO of a… read more!