Film Review: 'Out of the Furnace'
Published 12/5/2013 at 11:52 a.m. 0 comments
The unforgiving back roads and rusted-out mill towns of Appalachia provide the bleak backdrop and emotional landscape of “Out of the Furnace,” a well-acted, beautifully filmed, utterly depressing chronicle of revenge and thwarted dreams in postindustrial America.
Film Review: 'The Book Thief'
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:56 p.m. 0 comments
In “The Book Thief,” it’s 1938 and the wrong time to be young in Germany. A little girl is adopted into a poor family, and the movie traces her trials and adjustments, balancing a personal story with the world going ...
Film Review: 'Frozen'
Published 11/27/2013 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments
With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, “Frozen” is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake. A certain scene-stealing ...
Film Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:22 p.m. 0 comments
In a testimony to the size and appetite of its fan base, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens this weekend on close to 40 local screens.
Film Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Published 11/21/2013 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto could be in line for Oscar nominations in this film based on a true story.
Film Review: 'Great Expectations'
Published 11/21/2013 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments
Mike Newell, director of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” reunites several cast members from that 2005 film for an adaptation of a work by an author -- Charles Dickens -- who may have been England’s most popular writer ...
Indie Memphis Review: 'Touchy Feely'
Published 10/24/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
The fifth feature from Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, whose Indie Memphis connection dates back to her second, 2008’s “My Effortless Brilliance,” “Touchy Feely” will appear on the opening-night undercard at this year’s festival.
Pirates of the Somali
Published 10/10/2013 at 4:49 p.m. 0 comments
Like “Zero Dark Thirty,” inspired by the 2011 Navy SEAL killing of Osama bin Laden, “Captain Phillips” is a fact-based suspense film that ends in a confrontation between highly trained, disciplined and lethal representatives of the U.S. military and several ...
Machete sequel revels in comic-book spirit
Published 10/10/2013 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments
“Machete kills,” U.S. President Rathcock says during, um, “Machete Kills.” “That’s what he does.” So, no false advertising here, folks.
'Gravity' will leave you star-struck
Published 10/3/2013 at 5:15 p.m. 0 comments
Emotional impact is not the first quality one thinks of when the subject is science-fiction adventures. Yet that’s one of the qualities that sets “Gravity” apart as a stratospheric achievement. Not just a futuristic drama, it’s also a universally human ...
Movie review: "Prisoners"
Published 9/19/2013 at 7:31 p.m. 0 comments
“Prisoners” is a mystery told with such skill that just when you think you’ve figured it out, it finds new blind alleys for us to visit.
Movie review: "Thanks for Sharing"
Published 9/19/2013 at 6:27 p.m. 0 comments
Sexual addiction earns a big-screen discussion that is equal parts serious and silly in “Thanks for Sharing,” a sober-minded dramedy from the screenwriter of “The Kids are All Right.”
Movie review: "Salinger"
Published 9/19/2013 at 6:23 p.m. 0 comments
‘’Salinger” does what so many documentaries and biopics either fail to do or decline to attempt; it speculates convincingly on the connective tissue between the life and the work of the subject.
Movie review: 'Jobs'
Published 8/15/2013 at 4:31 p.m. 0 comments
The new biopic “Jobs” is a solidly informative and entertaining “Brief History of Apple,” as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs’ mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes — but ...
Movie Capsules: What's Showing
Published 7/25/2013 at 4:08 p.m. 0 comments
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