The LEGO Movie (2014)

The LEGO Movie is a prime example of why movie theater owners are right to complain about trailers. I felt like I saw the movie and was ready to love it before I even walked in the door. Imagine my  ...

The Monuments Men

            I understand why George Clooney would have been intrigued with filming “The Monuments Men.” In a dramatic, yet true, World War II episode, eleven museum directors, art curators,  ...

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  ...

Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)

I likely saw the film version of "Requiem For A Heavyweight" when I was quite young. My dad was a big Jackie Gleason fan, and, along with "The Hustler," that film was among the man’s best film roles. But, 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 Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) (2013)

For those of us who still believe that commercial art forms like the movies have the potential to be transformative—“The Great Beauty,” an Italian film by Paulo Sorrentino, is a gift.  A contemporary film with classical ideals—concerned with art, beauty,  ...

The Invisible Woman

      A strong, carefully directed period film with an excellent cast, “The Invisible Woman,” lets us into Charles Dickens’s personal life. This is not a film about the good-hearted Christmas-loving Dickens. Rather, it concerns  ...

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  ...

Le Joli Mai

In May of 1962, the first spring after France's debilitating war with Algeria, documentarian Chris Marker, together with his cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, filmed "Le Joli Mai" ("The Lovely Month of May") and dedicated it "to the happy many." You'll  ...

The Armstrong Lie

If you're looking for a tragic hero in the classic mold, look no further than Lance Armstrong. Astronomic rise, as in seven Tour de France victories in a row (after conquering cancer)? Click. Abject downfall, as in being exposed  ...