Thursday, May 31, 2012

Massive Catch-up Time

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since my last post, which means there are a ton of reviews to link here. Happily, I'm able to report that at least two of them are quite excellent, Wes Anderson's latest, Moonrise Kingdom, and the new near-masterpiece from Japanese master Sion Sono, Himizu. Unfortunately the latter is only opening in the U.K. at this time, but hopefully it will get a stateside release sooner rather than later. Also, of interest is my take on the Andy Garcia vehicle, For Greater Glory, with my objections to the film's implicit embrace of Catholicism seeming to have provoked a tad bit of controversy. Enjoy!

Himizu (Little White Lies)
Moonrise Kingdom (Slant)
Mighty Fine (Slant)
For Greater Glory (Slant)
6 Month Rule (Slant)
Wish Me Away (Village Voice)
High School (Village Voice)
One Day on Earth (Village Voice)
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (Time Out New York)
U.N. Me (Time Out New York)
Crooked Arrows (Time Out New York)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What to Expect When You're in Dell City, Texas

My two reviews this week cover a pair of very different films: a terrible, regressive mainstream blockbuster and an intriguing under-the-radar documentary. Such is the world of New York first-run movie programming that there's room for all types of offerings.

What to Expect When You're Expecting (Slant)
Tales from Dell City, Texas (Village Voice)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Four New Films of Varying Quality

It brings me no pleasure to report that the last four films I reviewed ranged in quality from poor to terrible. The worst of the lot, though, was undoubtedly the latest Kate Hudson vehicle, the regressive Nicholas Sparks-style weepie, A Little Bit of Heaven.

A Bag of Hammers (Slant)
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (Slant)
A Little Bit of Heaven (Slant)
Last Call at the Oasis (Slant)