Jan. 20, 2017 at 9:37am | By Ann Hornaday |Permalink
Awash in color, feminine psychodrama and heightened emotion, Julieta is a classic Pedro Almodóvar film — or, more accurately, a classicized version of the Almodóvar films his fans have come to adore.
Jan. 20, 2017 at 6:24am | By Katie Walsh |Permalink
Film scholar Tom Gunning coined the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the earliest, exhibitionist impulses of filmmaking, bits of spectacle that called attention to their own visibility and technological craft. Pure spectacle has since been subsumed into narrative filmmakin...
Jan. 19, 2017 at 12:00am | By Walter Addiego |Permalink
Music Box Films
From a bare-bones plot description, you might guess that The Brand New Testament — which was nominated in the foreign-language category at the Golden Globes — is a juvenile exercise in blasphemy. But this comic film from Belgi...
Jan. 19, 2017 at 12:00am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
The Weinstein Company
The Founder, the story of how the late Ray Kroc went from an obnoxious but seemingly harmless, low-rent food-service-industry salesman to the cutthroat ruler of the McDonald’s fast-food empire, is like a perfectly grilled slice of Kobe beef tucked between funct...
Jan. 19, 2017 at 9:47am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
Faith-based films have a tough line to walk. A heavy hand with the message can leave them preaching to the converted, but too little faith might anger those most likely to part with their money to see them.
Jan. 12, 2017 at 12:00am | By Michael Phillips |Permalink
Set in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1979, the easygoing, wonderfully acted 20th Century Women is a movie about a boy and the estrogen in his life. The boy comes from writer-director Mike Mills’ memories of growing up in a benevolent, amorphous, vexing, highly stim...