Uncertainty, or the feeling of it, is the central force in “Wish You Were Here.” The movie wants you to constantly question whether or not its main man (Joel Edgerton) is a villain…or just a guy who makes exceptionally dumb decisions. And as long as you give a damn about Edgerton’s welfare, the movie works pretty well.
Some people are straight-up intoxicating to listen to when they talk about what they love. Ricky Jay is one of those people. He’s an American actor and sleight-of-hand master whom you might recognized due to a card trick — one in which he goes all Gambit-like, flicking cards with enough force that they slice into the tough rind of a watermelon.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, Sightseers follows an awkward UK couple as they vacation in a camper (or caravan) through the countryside, visiting campgrounds and museums dedicated feats of English ingenuity, like tram cars and pencils. That might sound kind of ho-hum, but once blood first-blood is spilled, the couple turns from middle class lovebirds to something like Bonnie and Clyde.
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.