Just because a story is about teenagers doesn’t mean it should be dismissed as a movie only for teens. This one won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014.
Billed as “a journey of love on a transplant waiting list”, this latest offering from veteran writer/director Paul Cox is not as grim as it sounds.
It has been too long since Director Gillian Armstrong’s name has been on the big screen and in this entertaining documentary she brings a little-known Australian success story to life. Read more
The National Gallery in Canberra will screen a remarkable film featuring Jewish American artist Jon Imber. Read more
Spare me the misery is my usual reaction to anything connected to the novels of Thomas Hardy. I studied – somewhat loosely – Tess of the d’Urbervilles in high school and have steered clear of him ever since.
It matters not whether you followed the long running TV series on which this movie is based.
Timing is everything, in life and in art.
When can a romantic drama also be classed as science fiction? If the whole premise hinges on scientific flim-flam, that’s when.
One of my guilty pleasures is that I love a rollicking country and western soundtrack.
It’s a really big lie that is the heart of this latest outing from veteran director Tim Burton.
Global media has speculated this drama is a polemic against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a well– told historical drama, the opening credits show photographs of the actors interspersed with family snaps, indicating that Pour une Femme has personal meaning for its director, Diane Kurys (Sagan, L’anniversaire, Entre Nous), who wrote and directed this post World War II war story set in France.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice has the lot – sex, drugs and a great rock soundtrack – tied up in a classic detective noir.
There are expectations that come with the follow-up to a successful movie. Read more
At Paris’s Gare du Nord station, a group of boys – some teenagers, some younger – are hanging around, constantly moving and regrouping. There are at least dozen, fluidly crisscrossing the station. Who are they? What are they up to? What language are they speaking? It’s certainly not French. Read more
A road movie with blisters? As someone who likes her outdoors neatly packaged, I wondered if Wild would hold my interest. There are indeed plenty of sores and blisters but as the miles are chalked up, it becomes so much more. Read more
I did wonder if it mattered that I had not seen Taken or Taken2. But since it’s an action thriller, I decided Taken3 can be viewed as on its own merits. Read more
Taking a small child to the movies is about so much more than just what’s on the screen; it’s an outing, and the movie can easily end up the least of it. Read more
In an ideal world you would come fresh to this knowing little about the British code breakers of World War II as it is a fascinating piece of history. Read more
Do we really need yet another swords and sandals cutlery saga? Why rehash ancient history? What could we expect from Director Ridley Scott? Read more
Judging by the recent spate of mature-age romances, coming of age stories are a trifle old hat. From writer and director Marc Fitoussi, this is a delightful coming of second age (or possibly third) tale. Read more
A modern fairytale with deep political messages, Self Made demands that the viewer suspend critical analysis and tag along for the ride. Read more
Chelli (Liron Ben-Shlush), an attractive young woman, is a school security guard in Haifa. Read more
Grim and gritty does work well in the North of England. Read more
Funerals are meant for the living. Still Life opens intriguingly with the same solitary figure at a series of burial services. Read more
Venus in Fur – a play within a play. Based on David Ives’ Tony Award winning play “Venus in Fur”, this two hander directed by Roman Polanksi opens innocuously enough in a small rundown theatre in Paris.
April 18, 2013 by James Berardinelli - Reelviews
Comments Off on Olympus has fallen 3/4 – a film review by James Berardinelli
There’s irony to be found in the recognition that the best Die Hard to be released in 2013 isn’t the franchise’s official entry, A Good Day to Die Hard, but the White House-based copycat, Olympus Has Fallen. Read more
April 11, 2013 by James Berardinelli - Reelviews
Comments Off on Warm Bodies 2½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Twilight defanged vampires, turning them into whiny emo Harlequin romance heroes, now Warm Bodies has done something similar for zombies. Read more
March 28, 2013 by James Berardinelli - Reelviews
Comments Off on Hyde Park on Hudson 2½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli
Hyde Park on Hudson represents the odd marriage of an uninteresting, borderline-creepy “romance” and a peek behind the scenes of a notable but unsung historical event. 2012 has seen dramatizations of eras from the administrations of two of America’s greatest leaders. Read more
March 28, 2013 by James Berardinelli - Reelviews
Comments Off on Rust and Bone 3/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli
When Rust and Bone tells a story of a woman’s recovery from a devastating injury, it hits all the right notes, traveling a path that is poignant without being mawkish and triumphant without being saccharine. Read more