A rock-star biopic without a note of the rock star's music in it is an unpromising thing. Witness the 2013 "CBGB," a very bad movie about the celebrated Bowery punk bar in its prime. None of the musicians impersonated in the film -- members of Talking Heads, the Dead Boys, the Ramones, the Patti Smith Group -- were accompanied by any of their ...Read more
A movie like "Fatman" has to go a little too far -- or, better yet, a lot -- in order to work. If its subject is Santa Claus and the sappy-sweet holiday he embodies, extra edginess is called for. As White House Yule mistress Melania Trump was recently reported as saying in an unguarded moment, "Who gives a f--- about the Christmas stuff ...?"
"Proxima," a new movie by French writer-director Alice Winocour, is relatively subtle in its consideration of the status of women in international space exploration. Still, some of the facts it offers up are inevitably pointed. Take, for example, the story of Russian astronaut Valentina Tereshkova, who, in 1963, became the first woman in space (...Read more
"The Witches" raises a number of questions, primarily Why?
Why has Anne Hathaway, as the head witch here, been allowed to affect a braying Zsa Zsa-Lugosi Hungarian accent that might have been designed to trigger tension headaches in anyone exposed to it?
Why was it felt wise to digitally accessorize Hathaway with a huge, stretchy ...Read more
One of the most irritating things about rabid Trump haters is the frequency with which they compel mere Trump loathers to reluctantly come to the defense of Donald Trump. "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," Sacha Baron Cohen's sudden follow-up to his 2006 mock-doc about the Kazakh journalist/idiot Borat Sagdiyev, is the latest case in point.
With one...Read more
"I didn't really have your typical upbringing," says 20-something Joel Dawson. "I mean, I did at first, but then the world ended."
The title of "Love and Monsters" announces the movie's components with the simplicity of a candy bar wrapper. Joel (Dylan O'Brien, of the hazily remembered "Maze Runner" movies) still loves his girlfriend, Aimee (...Read more
Woody Allen has been making movies for 55 years now, at the approximate rate of one every year. On the evidence of his latest film, it might finally be time for him to stop.
"A Rainy Day in New York" was collateral damage in the collapse of Allen's four-film distribution deal with Amazon Studios, which pulled out of it after the revival of a ...Read more
Let us take a tentative first step into the spooky season with "LX 2048," a sci-fi movie with more ideas banging around in it than there is really enough room to deal with. Made on a shot-in-Lithuania budget that forced a reliance on minimalist visuals, the picture somewhat recalls Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 "Alphaville." But Godard had Paris to ...Read more
After 27 years of memorable work in films by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Wong Kar-Wai, among many others, Jude Law can still surprise us. In "The Nest," he gives one of the strongest performances of his career, playing a man whose life has accumulated into a shaky edifice of lies, too many of which he has come to believe himself. Law ...Read more
Looking back on the cinematic sexy-wars of the last century from the promised land of total pornography we inhabit today must be a little puzzling for young cinephiles. Was there really a time when people got bent out of shape by the lewd wisecracks of Mae West, the rather basic butt baring of Brigitte Bardot, the epic but completely covered-up ...Read more
Charlie Kaufman's latest is a brilliant film, I guess. In "I'm Thinking of Ending Things," the one-of-a-kind writer-director takes us on a wintry road trip with a young woman (Jessie Buckley) named Lucy (maybe that's her name, maybe not) and her schlub boyfriend of four or six or seven weeks (she's not sure), a guy named Jake (Jesse Plemons). "...Read more