The Farewell Party
High drama and lowbrow, morbid humor get stitched together in this successful tragicomedy about terminal patients and assisted suicide. Works better than expected.
An essay on how technology has rendered us a one-handed species.
Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" articulates its messages rather awkwardly, but the filmmaking is superb, and it doesn't feel like anything else.
Scout Tafoya's video series continues with a look at Mary Harron's "The Moth Diaries".
Helen Hunt directs herself in this story of a brittle New York book editor who begins healing old wounds by learning how to surf.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is bigger, louder and messier than the first Avengers, but hits more original notes.
An appreciation of Time Magazine writer Richard Corliss.
Though it's hampered by rather bloodless lead performances, this story of an ageless woman and her two great loves finds its tone in its second half, becoming a sentimental opera about commitment, loss and transcendence.
Russell Crowe's directorial debut, a drama about a man trying to save three sons who disappeared at the battle of Galliipoli, wants to be a mournful antiwar film and a rousing adventure, impulses that don't match well.
While it's amazingly thorough in its choice of subjects, the documentary Misery Loves Comedy is ultimately too fractured to make any one point clearly.
A reposting of Godfrey Cheshire's landmark essay in anticipation of the Critic's Forum at Ebertfest.