The Silence (2013)
"...worse-than-average spy flick starring muscleman Gordon Scott as Bart Fargo (one for the all-name team, at any rate), who is trying to get back one of those contrary-to-the-laws-of-physics death rays that seemed to pop up frequently in 1960s films."
Casting By (2013)
God Loves Uganda (2013)
"...unable to peddle their nonsense in the U.S., the evangelicals have found a ready target in Uganda, an English-speaking and primarily Christian country with a long history of evangelical missionary work..."
The Waiting Room (2012)
"If you want to understand how the American system of health care delivery works for people without employer-sponsored health insurance, I can think of no better introduction than watching Peter Nicks' documentary The Waiting Room. "
Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)
Spring Breakers (2013)
Ginger & Rosa (2013)
Before You Know It (2014)
12 O'clock Boys (2014)
"Nathan's approach is observational and reminds me of the way Steve James constructed Hoop Dreams, following the emerging story while creating context by including footage of Pug and his mother, Coco, at home..."
Loves Her Gun (2014)
"...it takes over an hour to get around to what is most interesting about the plot: Allie's initiation into gun culture, and her psychological response to the power that comes from pulling a trigger."
"The knuckleball is something like the quintessence of baseball, the ineffable and the impossible, pursued again and again. The film makes this magic part especially visible, in slow motion sequences and archival game tapes, nostalgia and reverie."
Mr. Angel (2014)
"Mr. Angel is definitely X-rated in terms of the body parts on display, but it's so wholesome that it's impossible to be offended. After all, aren't children's movies always telling us to be who we are?"
Big Joy (2014)
Getting Back To Abnormal (2013)
"...through a well-chosen collection of interviews, verité footage and factoids displayed on chyrons, as well as a bouncy soundtrack, Alvarez keeps a positive spirit while creating a composite portrait of the city..."
I Am Divine (2013)
Sake Bomb (2014)
Dead Man Down (2013)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
My Amityville Horror (2013)
"Because most people are used to films that tell stories or make arguments, the natural response is to impose meaning on the images in Bestiaire, a response that reduces their immediateness and reality."
West of Memphis (2012)
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Dust Up (2012)
The Last Emperor (1987)
" Bernardo Bertolucci takes this outline of Pu Yi's tumultuous life and transforms it into an absurdist journey in The Last Emperor, a masterpiece about the loneliness and hubris of believing that we can control our own destiny."
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
56 Up (2013)
"... feels like a retrospective and summation of the whole series, with ample quotation from the previous films, an approach that makes it interesting even for viewers who haven't seen the previous installments."
Fast Girls (2012)
Future Weather (2013)
The Girl (2013)
My Fair Lady (1964)
"Even if the story is quite simple, the film, as directed by the legendary George Cukor, achieves various levels of depth, particularly because of the way in which he turns it into a keen gender study."
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
The Taste of Money (2013)
Bullet to the Head (2013)
"My pick among the live action shorts is Shawn Christensen's "Curfew" (19 minutes), mainly because it has all the conventional elements required of a narrative film, and yet is also really out there. "
Holy Motors (2012)