Friday, May 21, 2010

MacGruber and More

Since this week's highest profile opening, MacGruber - actor Will Forte and director Jorma Taccone's big screen expansion of their Saturday Night Live sketch - didn't screen for the press until last night (the film opens worldwide today), my review of the film has just been posted at Slant Magazine. So how is it? Click below to find out - and to read reviews of a trio of other new films.

MacGruber (Slant)
John Rabe (Slant)
Holy Rollers (Village Voice)
After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United (Time Out New York)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Releases: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and The Living Wake

Just a pair of reviews this week, both from Slant Magazine, covering Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Jessica Oreck's intriguing if problematic look at the Japanese obsession with insects, "traditional" Japanese values versus contemporary urbanism and other relevant issues, and The Living Wake, Sol Tryon's trying and unfunny comedy of death which quickly gets swallowed up in its own brand of insufferable quirkiness.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Releases: Mother and Child, Gravity was Everywhere Back Then and Floored

For the second week in a row, it looks like I'm about the only one not taken in by a highly dubious art house offering, in this case Rodrigo Garcia's ideologically perverse ode to motherhood, Mother and Child, a film to be avoided at all costs.

Mother and Child (Slant)
Gravity was Everywhere Back Then (Slant)
Floored (Village Voice)