A Fall From Grace
In short, it’s nuts.
Is "Under the Skin," in which Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious creature luring men into a fatal mating dance, a brilliant science fiction movie? Or is it a pretentious gloss on a very old story about men's fear of women, and women's discomfort with their own allure?
Owen Gleiberman's sacking as lead film critic of Entertainment Weekly — part of a ritual bloodletting of staffers at the magazine – marks the end of an era.
Scout Tafoya's video series on underrated films continues with "Ishtar".
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is a modern blockbuster, full of the visual and aural and narrative tics and cliches we expect from modern blockbusters, but at the same time it's ferociously and sometimes strangely original: a work of fervor, as grandiose and obsessive as its Biblical hero.
This snapshot of modern teen mating rituals is loaded with heartfelt and keenly observed pessimism, which is conveyed in super-tight closeups, roving camerawork and restrictive framing that convey the limits of the characters' world and worldview.
Matt Zoller Seitz goes in-depth with author Mark Harris about his book on five directors who aided the war effort in World War II.
"Jodorowsky's Dune" is an account of a film that was never made, despite all the love that its makers poured into it, and yet it's surprisingly warm and inspirational.
Why film critics should write about filmmaking.
As directed by Josh C. Waller and written by Daniel Noah, "McCanick" is a tedious, often incompetently assembled mass of cop-on-the-edge clichés.
This intense and poignant drama from writer-director Tom Gilroy is about a young man whose world is suddenly turned upside-down; it's a throwback to 1990s American indie films that were more about atmosphere, characterization and regional detail than gimmicks.