Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Night of the Comet (1984)
"When most of the people of the Earth are dehydrated into pink dust, will girls still just want to have fun? 'Night of the Comet' answers that question in the affirmative, with a flourish of candy colors, short skirts, MTV beats & 'teenage comet zombies.'"
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
"As it torments Lorre, the hand becomes a manifestation of the metaphorical notion of a hand tugging us toward our destiny or reaching from the past to punish us; an alternate, utterly appropriate title might be 'The Hand of Fate.'"
"'She's dead,' muses Richard Carlson. 'She doesn't exist. She's a perfume, she's a footprint, she's a hand, she's a face in a picture...' In other words, she sure is present for something that 'doesn't exist'; isn't that the way 'dead' loves tend to be?"
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
"When an aerobics instructor and her new police detective boyfriend make the beast with two backs, you can't help but notice that his is disturbingly hairy. That is just one of the many disorienting elements that make this such a wacked-out experience. "
Just Before Dawn (1981)
"The film's lush locations -- the mossy forest with its prehistoric ferns, huge trees, rocky cliffs and misty waterfalls -- add not just production value but a sense of urgency and conviction to the smart script's subtle environmental message..."
House of the Seven Corpses (2000)
"Ultimately intends to be scary, but it works best -- rather wonderfully, in fact -- as a somewhat acid comedy about the production of a cheesy occult horror movie that weary if needy cast and crew assume will be 'garbage.'"
"The staging is mostly spot-on, especially when the father and son visit some cousins who can barely muster a moment's attention for their long-lost relatives before their eyes return to their television set."
"The concept of face -- as a noun, as a verb, as the mask that hides and exposes our emotions, as the anchor to our definition of self -- is so essential to human identity that horror films that hinge on the disfigurement of the face have a special power."
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"'Taxi Driver' diagnosed American sickness as interior and hellish, while 'Wolf' suggests the sickness has spread outward until the culture has become all but immune to the pangs of conscience and shame..."
Angels Sing (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"'Hang me, oh hang me,' warbles Llewyn Davis at the start of this movie filled with gallows humor; its mystical looping structure reminded me of the most famous American short story about a hanging, Ambrose Bierce's 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.'"
American Hustle (2013)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
"Travers' legitimate concerns are presented as the killjoy grinching of a dried-up prig who just needs a good you-know-what, with Uncle Walt -- or rather, Walt Disney Inc. -- as just the one to give it to her, metaphorically speaking."
The Beast Within (1982)
"One begins to feel that the addition of just one more special effect, one more grimacing Orc face or one more digital feat of derring-do might cause one to explode, like the man offered the after-dinner mint in 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.'"
Cutie And The Boxer (2013)
The Uninvited (1944)
"'This is the only way I can paint you,' says Milland, at the piano. 'Some black keys, and some white.' The speaker might as well be cinematographer Charles Lang, whose painterly compositions -- some black keys, and some white -- make this a spooky gem."
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
"Lee has been highly critical of 'Django Unchained,' but is not 'Oldboy' his own serio-comic captivity-and-revenge thriller, redeemed by its basis in fantasy rather than history? An alternate title might be '20 Years a Slave.' "
Black Nativity (2013)
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
"Conjures a convincingly scary and self-serving future dictatorship that connects it more truly to the 1970s tradition of protest science-fiction cinema ('Rollerball') than to its contemporary competition for teenage hearts and minds (the 'Twilight' saga)."
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
"Works wonderfully as a 1970s-style portrait of a charming if not entirely likable outsider-lowlife; it's less successful as an 'issue' movie that hectors the Food and Drug Administration for being a 'pusher' for Big Pharma..."
La Vida me Mata (2007)
Great Expectations (2013)
We're The Millers (2013)
All Is Lost (2013)
"The movie pares its man-vs.-the elements, man-vs.-himself theme to the barest bones, yet it's timely as well as timeless, as Chandor acknowledges the coldness of the corporate as well as natural environment."
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Ender's Game (2013)
Computer Chess (2013)
Your Day Is My Night (2013)
"The film -- which introduces viewers to the culture of 'shift-bed' tenement apartments in New York's Chinatown -- is perhaps the most accessible and emotionally affecting to date of Lynne Sachs' signature experimental documentaries."
White Reindeer (2013)
"Sort of a minor-key, naturalistic variant on themes explored in Edgar Wright's 'The World's End,' as a suburban male 'soccer mom' is pulled back into a demimonde of punk rock music and sexual possibility by the surprise return of his 'toxic' old bandmate."
Zero Charisma (2013)
Forty Years From Yesterday (2013)
Drinking Buddies (2013)
"The story meanders, purposefully, and doesn't lead to the places a similar studio film would go; Swanberg recognizes that disillusionmnet and disappointment are more frequent and universal occurences than heartbreak."
The Poor and Hungry (2000)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Short Term 12 (2013)
"Cretton is not afraid to be uncool; he embraces the strong emotions that scare some indie filmmakers and that scar -- in some cases literally -- his young characters. The result is a movie that is passionate, compassionate and has the ring of truth."
"'You forget that women's voices shouldn't be heard by men outside,' a teacher says near the start of the film, in an early indicator that the movie is going to champion the cause of giving women back their voices, so to speak. "
How I Live Now (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
"Not only the most powerful movie yet produced about our national shame but also the rare film about history and race that does not seek to absolve, comfort or flatter the mass audience it aspires to reach."
Day of the Dead (1985)