A gifted filmmaker takes a detour with a farmland melodrama.
Drama Phil Bacharach
Ramin Bahrani has directed three extraordinary, independently produced
films about characters living on the margins on society. That trio — Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop(2007) and Goodbye Solo(2008) — rightly earned him scads of critical acclaim and excitement about his future projects.
When brokenhearted, middle-aged people assemble for a wedding in Italy, that’s amore.
Drama Rod Lott
On paper — or computer screen — Love Is All You Need sounds like an overdose of saccharine. Even swallowing just a few plot keywords could trigger symptoms: “widower,” “wedding” and “breast cancer.”
Make time for the brilliant, moving conclusion to Richard Linklater’s trilogy of tales of Jesse and Celine.
Drama Phil Bacharach
In Before Midnight, the latest of director Richard Linklater’s odes to romance — a high-minded odyssey begun with Before Sunrise in 1995 and continued with Before Sunset in 2004 — there’s a sly bit that reflects the personal baggage fans of this trilogy bring to the multiplex.
The college-set Disney/Pixar prequel graduates without honors.
Youth Phil Bacharach
If Monsters Universityis any indication of what children think
college is like, maybe it’s no wonder that increasing numbers of young
people are forgoing higher education. The follow-up to Disney/Pixar
2001’s Monsters, Inc.imagines university life as a suffocating place ruled by mean-spirited cliques and droning professors.
Comedy Aimee Williams
Testing the adaptability of a literary and theater masterpiece, Josh Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing obliterates
all of the pomp and ceremony typically associated with a Shakespeare
production, bringing it down to earth in Southern California.
For an indie thriller with as much intelligence as intrigue, just head to ‘The East.’ No compass needed.
Thriller Rod Lott
Across her three films as an actress/writer/producer (2011’s Another Earth, 2012’s Sound of My Voiceand now The East), Brit Marling has explored the subjects of cults, symbols, duplicates, identity and family. Remarkably, despite these recurring themes and a tonal similarity, each experience seems anew.