Think of them as snapshots of dreams, intense jolts of visual stimulation that convey the focused essence of a cinematic experience. I'm talking about movie posters, and I am almost as passionate about this art form as I am about film itself, which is saying a lot.
"Child 44" is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin manages to muster enough punch to hold our interest.
They don't call it haute couture for nothing.
Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, "Ex Machina" is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that's completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills. But even saying that doesn't do this quietly unnerving film full justice.
"The Passionate Thief" is an Italian comedy from the past that will make you smile like there is no tomorrow. Fifty-five years old but newly restored to sparkling black and white, it's a throwback to the days when comedies didn't need adjectives like "raunchy" or "adult" to describe them. They...
A chance to see "Vertigo," the Alfred Hitchcock film that's had an unprecedented trajectory, should not be passed up, especially at a vintage theater like the Crest in Westwood. Dismissed on its original 1958 release, "Vertigo" has steadily risen in critical estimation, to the point that it displaced...
When they are good, documentaries on the film business take us deeper into movies in unexpected ways, and two new docs on DVD do exactly that.
In the lexicon of classic Hollywood, the letter W looms especially large. But of all the directors in that distinguished group, including Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles and William Wyler, no one is harder to define than William Wellman, a filmmaker who went his own way.