Midnight’s Children, the film that comes out this Friday, falters precisely where it needed to succeed — in its magic-making. The switch from the page to the screen harms its multi-generational, twist-laden story, because (a) the performances are lackluster and (b) every utterance of abracadabra is followed by a lukewarm display of movie magic.
— Years and years ago, the novelist Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, Pale Fire) published bits of his autobiography Speak, Memory as fiction in the New Yorker. By thus messing with the magazine’s editors and audience, the […]
The event that changed everything for Changez was 9/11.
Three stories, one city. That’s the narrative conceit director Niccolò Castelli deploys in Tutti Giù. And to help whip it all together there’s the kinetic energy of pretty X-Games-style photography. The movie’s three Italian-speaking Swiss […]
Doom-saying documentaries these days focus mainly on the threat of climate change. They’ve got glaciers melting, landscapes dying, sea levels rising, and coastal cities waiting to slide under the sea. Lots of docs in this […]
Harmony Korine, the man behind this year’s Spring Breakers, said in a recent Reddit AMA that “tone is key” to his movies. If you’re familiar with his work (Gummo, Julian Donkey Boy) you’d know that stories […]
Polluting Paradise is a doc about what happens when a massive landfill is placed just a stone’s throw from a garden-like landscape home to generations of Turkish tea growers.
A tragedy of Shakespeare, set in prison, played by real-life convicted criminals, in Italy, in black-and-white: that’s the foundation of Caesar Must Die. And if that — at all — piqued your interest, just buy […]
The Twin Cities has no shortage of movie options this week. Seriously, dozens and dozens of films are screening at the international film festival in Minneapolis, and even if you’re not in the mood for foreign fare, there’s some really wonderful movies playing in local theaters.
Serious and subtle, “La Playa DC” captures the coming of age of a Colombian boy pulled in different directions by everything — this past, his poverty, his pride, family, friends and dreams.
After Lucia is an ultra-stylized Mexican film about loss and suffering, stoicism and shame. It’s a sober look into the reality of teenage bullying — cellphones, I swear, are weapons — and what can happen when victims feel they’ve no shoulder to lean on.
‘To the Wonder’ is part love story, part prayer.
A documentary that isn’t exactly beautiful or well-written or blessed with memorable characters can still be considered good, or worth watching, if it teaches you something.
“War Witch,” a film nominated last year for a Best Foreign Language Oscar, takes a page from the novelist Garcia Marquez to breathe life into the magic that dwells in the mind of a teenage girl caught in the nightmare of a sub-Saharan civil war.
“John Dies at the End” is hard to follow, and to enjoy.
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