"Once Upon a Time Veronica" begins with a scene of wordless ecstasy, an imaginatively shot glimpse of a group sexual encounter on a beach in Brazil. This sequence is more than a tip-off to this film's notably sensual nature, it is a clue to the personality of its title character as well.
The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining "The Imitation Game" gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that's pure pleasure to experience.
Filmmaker Anthony Powell has, he says, spent most of his adult life in Antarctica, living at the bottom of the world for more than 100 months (including nine very cold winters) spread out over a 15-year period.
Documentaries are a genre I favor, but even within this group, some stand out from the crowd for being especially audacious and adventurous.
If you think college football is only a game, you might think that "Happy Valley" is no more than a place name that's become attached to the bucolic area around Penn State University. And you would be wrong on all counts.
Director Peter Jackson was in the room with New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye back in 1998, or so the story goes, pitching him on making J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy into a pair of films, when Shaye stopped him with a question: "Why make two films when you can make three?"
In "Diplomacy," veteran German director Volker Schlöndorff and two of France's top actors, André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, convincingly imagine how a Swedish consul and a German general could have argued the fate of Paris in the closing days of World War II. Back and forth...
"Foxcatcher" is a brooding, particularly American horror story of seduction, rejection, betrayal and murder set in the under-the-radar world of Olympic wrestling. A despairing, intentionally disturbing film that draws us into a maelstrom of desperate emotions, it holds up a dark mirror to the...