Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…
It's quite good, for what it is. But it's that "for what it is" part that proves slightly troublesome.
Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet it's fascinating, and the performances and photography are outstanding.
The new version of "Annie" is fashionably artificial and not very well directed, but its unabashed good cheer is very welcome.
What happens to a marriage once the early ardor cools? That's the central question in this likable drama starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos as a husband and wife at a crossroads.
Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's counterculture fable is a gorgeous, goofy, mysterious film.
In this searing yet compassionate documentary, volunteer doctors provide medical assistant to poor residents of rural Tennessee.
Nicolas Cage stars in a Paul Schrader film that seems to want to be an allegory about the War on Terror.
The "Ida" panel discussion at Columbia University.
An interview with Jürgen Fauth, longtime film critic for About.com, and author of the anthology "Raves."
It's good enough to move the story along, but no more than that. It has a good heart, exemplified by its inspiring heroine. If only it had poetry, or some sort of edge.