April 4, 2013 In most movies, the creepy ex-boyfriend would be an ominous antagonist, or even a supporting character. But in Antonio Campos' eerie thriller, the spotlight is all on the titular nutcase.
April 4, 2013 Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, was not only a writer but a social media master, a romantic and a guy who deeply believed in rice cookers. He was also one of the most influential critics of his generation.
April 4, 2013 Do we need a remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 classic The Evil Dead? Maybe not. But as remakes go, the new Evil Dead is one bloody bash of a horror flick — and one that certainly knows how to scare.
April 4, 2013 The indie Jersey Shore drama aspires vaguely to thrillerdom, but the modestly scaled film is more misery-soaked modern fairy tale than true suspense flick. Creative direction, curious casting and dreamy set pieces give a largely predictable story a certain tang.
April 4, 2013 The lovestruck couple at the center of Ramaa Mosley's dark comedy The Brass Teapot has plenty of charisma, though the movie is ultimately neither as bouyant nor as sinister as it needs to be.
April 4, 2013 Trippy-cinema auteur Danny Boyle can sleepwalk through a scene and still deliver jolts. His latest film, an art-heist psychological thriller, waffles between the tense and the trite but features a talented trio of actors who turn in some fine performances.
April 4, 2013 The cult classic My Dinner with Andre gets a sequel of sorts with the new documentary Andre Gregory: Before and After the Dinner. This talky, telling profile of the prickly theater director pulls no punches as it explores the life of the man behind the oft-parodied film.
April 4, 2013 Lesser talents could lose track of the high-wattage cast that joins the actor-director in The Company You Keep. But this modern-day journalistic revisit to the revolutionary turmoil of the 1970s succeeds because Redford knows how to keep his marquee-name ensemble on the same page.
April 4, 2013 He was a print journalist initially, but Ebert's "thumbs up" TV critiques were just as influential as his essays, and he later carved out a prodigious digital presence. Ebert died Thursday after struggling for years with cancer. He was 70 years old.
April 3, 2013 Her scripts gave the sprawling Merchant-Ivory films substance. She won her first screenwriting Oscar for A Room With a View and her second for Howard's End. She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for her novel Heat and Dust. The cause of death was complications of a pulmonary condition. Jhabvala was 85.
March 31, 2013 Already the poster child for his country's so-called New Wave of filmmakers, the director takes another realistic dive into the post-Communist Eastern Bloc with Beyond the Hills. Though he hesitates to call it a straight metaphor, the symbolism of the film is uncanny.