Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Aside from the time Warner Bros. poured a fortune into the first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies, superhero films languished for a generation. Comic book artists can draw on paper for comparatively nothing what no movie budget can match. It  ...

Ismael’s Ghosts (2018)

"Ismael's Ghosts" is director Arnaud Desplechin's sixth outing with actor Mathieu Amalric. With such fantastic works as "My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument," "Kings & Queen," and "A Christmas Tale" between them, it's a collaboration as  ...

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

In the contemporary footsteps of Michael Haneke, Gaspar Noe, and Lars von Trier and the more distant lineage of Luis Bunuel and Pier Paolo Pasolini comes Greek Yorgos Lanthimos as the latest buzzed auteur provocateur. His  ...

After the Storm (2017)

Hirokazu Kore-eda has seemingly inherited the role of chronicling Japanese middle class domestic life from Yasujiro Ozu. That isn't to say their sensibilities are similar. Kore-eda is less formalist and more conventional than Ozu, but both have a keen eye  ...

20th Century Women (2016)

The statement-making title, 20th Century Women, belies how small a film this is despite its ambitiousness. This is the story of a liberal 55-year old divorced mother Dorothea (Annette Bening) in 1979 Santa Barbara who is having trouble figuring out  ...

Toni Erdmann (2016)

To call Winfried Conradi (Peter Simonischek) an eccentric would be an understatement. Toni Erdmann opens with him answering the door to a postman, only to say he'll fetch his ex-con brother to receive the package, which Winfried  ...

My Golden Days (2016)

Twenty years after "My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument" was released in France, its sequel/prequel "My Golden Days" now opens in the States. It might hold a record for being the sequel/prequel  ...

Where to Invade Next (2015)

    Michael Moore makes me embarrassed to recommend his new movie “Where to Invade Next.” By now, Moore’s snarky ragamuffin caricature is every bit his trademark as Charles Chaplin’s Little Tramp was his, but the former is  ...

The Forbidden Room (2015)

    With “The Forbidden Room,” Guy Maddin, co-directing with his former student Evan Johnson, has managed to out-Maddin even his usual maniacal, evocative, psychosexual, non sequitur-laden style. The film opens with a guy in a bathrobe, Marv  ...

The Assassin (2015)

    “The Assassin” is exactly what you would expect from a Hou Hsaio-hsien wuxia film, if you ever expected a Hou Hsiao-hsien wuxia film at all – it’s not much fun. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t  ...