As Above, So Below
It's that rare found-footage film with a strong premise, a memorably eccentric style, and plenty of energy to burn. It's also poorly conceived, and hard…
Actor-filmmaker Takeshi Kitano's sequel to "Outrage" goes "Beyond" the original's violence. Unfortunately, early hints that the film will be an exceptionally bloody workplace satire don't pan out; its a fairly standard cross-doublecross gangster drama that aspires to be a Japanese "The Godfather, Part II" but suffers from a jumbled and perfunctory second half.
Directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews, "Int. Leather Bar" is a pseudo-documentary imagining the 40 minutes that the MPAA made director William Friedkin cut from his 1980 thriller "Cruising."
The Unloved, Scout Tafoya's video essay series about critically reviled films that deserve more respect, continues with an an appreciation of "John Carter."
Matt Zoller Seitz's Top 10 films of 2013.
I'm obsessed with Marlon Brando. I don't know if it's because of his genius or because when I imitate him, I sound like Popeye.
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is abashed and shameless, exciting and exhausting, disgusting and illuminating; it's one of the most entertaining films ever made about loathsome men. Its star Leonard DiCaprio has compared it to the story of the Roman emperor Caligula, and he's not far off the mark.
A tribute to RogerEbert.com contributor, film critic and activist Jeff Shannon, who died Dec. 20, 2013.
This devastating film follows the lives of two poor boys in West Yorkshire who start collecting scrap to help their families and end up crossing paths with a Fagin-like scrapyard owner. Poetic but tough; a tragedy.
The slapped-together sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" finds Will Ferrell's vain and blustering Ron Burgundy trying to reinvent himself at a CNN-type network in the eighties.
Peter O'Toole, who died this weekend at 81, was great in great films and great fun in bad ones, and equally convincing as a rascal and a saint.