Browsing all articles from April, 2014.

Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions 

* A superfluous rehash of a much better movie, Brick Mansions is the limp American version of the terrific 2006 French action picture District B13, which was a scrappy surprise that introduced the uninitiated to the high-flying sport of parkour and its gravity-defying founder, Gallic star David Belle. That picture was a fast and funny […]

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Tye Sheridan Comes of Age in David Gordon Green’s Joe, a Story of Hard Won Maturity in an Unforgiving South

Tye Sheridan Comes of Age in David Gordon Green’s Joe, a Story of Hard Won Maturity in an Unforgiving South 

  In three films—Tree of Life, Mud and now Joe—seventeen-year-old actor Tye Sheridan has carved out a niche as a rural teen that experiences lost innocence and disillusionment about the world by close examinations of his adult role models.  Remarkably sensitive and without posture, Sheridan comes of age in David Gordon Green’s Joe, the story […]

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Joe

Joe 

* * * 1/2 Based on the 1991 novel by Larry Brown, Nicolas Cage makes an undeniably impressive return to dramatic form as titular Joe Ransom, a hard-living Texas local, a small town former con both bitter and goodhearted, who frequents the local bar and whorehouse when he’s not collecting down-on-their-luck day laborers to work […]

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Under the Skin

Under the Skin 

* * “Maybe you shouldn’t dress like that.” “This is a blouse and a skirt. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “Then maybe you shouldn’t wear that body.” That exchange came from William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in Lawrence Kasdan’s classic 1981 noir Body Heat, on a sweltering first meeting between Hurt’s hapless schmuck […]

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The Raid 2

The Raid 2 

* * * * Sensational The Raid 2 begins almost immediately after 2012’s The Raid, but that’s where the resemblance ends. The first picture, a perfectly acceptable Indonesian actioner—an orgiastic ballet of bullets, bodies and martial arts involving a pair of agile Jakarta SWAT cops laying waste to the denizens of an apartment complex commandeered […]

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Bigger, Badder and Better, Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais on The Raid 2’s Astonishing Action, Complex Character and 2014’s Most Entertaining Film

Bigger, Badder and Better, Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais on The Raid 2’s Astonishing Action, Complex Character and 2014’s Most Entertaining Film 

The Raid 2: Berandal (meaning thug), is quite an accomplished movie, and one that took me by complete surprise.  If you saw 2012’s The Raid, the scrappy story of two Jakarta SWAT cops who took down a cabal of drug pushers holed up in an apartment complex, you knew that director Gareth Evans and star […]

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