Visitors (2013)

A little over 30 years ago, Godfrey Reggio and Phillip Glass united to make “Koyaanisqatsi,” a tone poem documentary with such a vivid visual style and propulsive soundtrack that it would influence many a movie, music video, and commercial in  ...

Culturevulture Critics Picks in Film for 2013

George Wu After the lackluster 2012, 2013 was a superb year for movies delivering excellence in every genre from dramas ("The Wind Rises," "Captain Phillips") to comedies ("American Hustle," "This Is the End") to documentaries ("Twenty Feet from Stardom,"  ...

The Past (2013)

Any movie following the sublime A Separation comes with impossible to meet expectations, and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past is indeed no match for his previous picture. It’s much closer in quality to Farhadi’s About Elly from 2009, sharing its strengths  ...

Blue Is the Warmest Color

"Blue Is the Warmest Color" arrives with plenty of controversy—poor working conditions alleged by cast and crew, production overruns in both budget and schedule, and varied reactions over graphic sex scenes resulting in an NC-17 rating. Whether writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche  ...

Room 237

Room 237 (2013) Directed by Rodney AscherStarring: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli KearnsRun Time: 102 minutes MPAA rating: Not Rated http://www.room237movie.com/ Stanley Kubrick's bold style and themes on human irrationality and control were consistently recognizable throughout most  ...

Holy Motors

Holy Motors (2012) Directed by: Leos CaraxStarring: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie MinogueMPAA rating: Not RatedRun Time: 115 minutes http://holymotorsfilm.com/ Denis Lavant as one of several characters in Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" Like Terrence Malick and the late Stanley  ...

The Descendants

The Descendants (2011) Directed by: Alexander PayneStarring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy GreerMPAA Rating: Rated RRun Time: 115 minutes http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thedescendants/ Alexander Payne returns to directing with "The Descendants" after a seven-year hiatus following his remarkable "Sideways" in 2004.  ...

Shame

Shame (2011) "Shame" is screening at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Directed by: Steve McQueenStarring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge DaleMPAA rating: Not yet rated (but NC-17 in all likelihood)Run Time: 99  ...

Miss Bala

Miss Bala (2011) http://www.missbala.com/ Miss Bala is screening at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2011. Miss Bala opens with the camera following the story's heroine from behind with her face  ...

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life Directed by Terrence MalickWritten by Terrence MalickStarring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCrackenRun Time: 138 minutesMPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thetreeoflife/   With only five films from Terrence Malick in 38 years, every  ...