Browsing all articles from August, 2013.
* * An atmospheric failure, the criminal lovers saga Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a dramatically inert picture, and while director David Lowery works his camera overtime, the characters and story largely fail to engage, stilted under the weight of a solemn tone and overly mannered direction. Reckless petty criminal Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and […]
* 1/2 Sci-fi thriller Elysium thinks it’s a piquant social allegory about the undocumented population and fight for universal healthcare. But Neil Blomkamp’s sophomore outing (after 2009’s surprise critical hit District 9) is really just an empty B-movie actioner that has more in common with clunky, 1980s apocalyptic drive-in fare than 2001 or Bladerunner. With […]
* * * 1/2 The Spectacular Now is a remarkably sensitive teen movie, not exactly an oxymoron in American film but rare enough to take notice. Like last year’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, here is a movie about teenagers that both acknowledges and deals with the complexities of falling into first love […]
* * * As bad taste family road movies go, you could probably do worse (and certainly better) than We’re the Millers, a crude gag machine about a thirty-something Denver drug dealer who appropriates a fake cover family to cross the Mexican border and transport a payload of pot back to the states. Jason […]