MOVIES

MOVIE NEWS

MORE MOVIE NEWS

  • Two great Catherines find the drama in Martin Provost's 'The Midwife'

    Two great Catherines find the drama in Martin Provost's 'The Midwife'

    The midwife of the title is Claire Breton (Catherine Frot), a Parisian woman in her 50s who, after years of bringing new life into the world, suddenly finds herself in the position of escorting someone toward death. It’s been several decades since Claire last saw Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), her...

  • Jaunty 1963 Vittorio De Sica comedy 'Il Boom' is full of delightful suprises

    Jaunty 1963 Vittorio De Sica comedy 'Il Boom' is full of delightful suprises

    Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch, with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist "Il Boom" manages to walk. A comic yet corrosive dissection of how soulless a consumption-obsessed society can become,...

  • Artsy, gross-out movie 'Kuso' is not for the squeamish

    Artsy, gross-out movie 'Kuso' is not for the squeamish

    The audience-testing art-film “Kuso” is the the first feature from avant-garde hip-hop musician Steve Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus — a man who clearly grew up watching the midnight movies of yore. There are echoes of David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Cronenberg, and even Frank Zappa’s “200...

  • The violent, tension-filled Aussie horror of 'Killing Ground' will linger

    The violent, tension-filled Aussie horror of 'Killing Ground' will linger

    Continuing the tradition of brutal Australian horror films like “Wolf Creek,” “Killing Ground” is an effective indie creeper that unnerves the audience with its all-too-realistic violence. What’s most disturbing here isn’t the terror depicted on-screen but the idea that these killings could actually...

  • 'Icaros: A Vision' is an assured, trippy brew of sound and vision

    'Icaros: A Vision' is an assured, trippy brew of sound and vision

    You don’t need the bark-extracted, purgative hallucinogenic ayahuasca, imbibed by the tumult-ridden souls in “Icaros: A Vision,” in order to enter a haunting, soothing world of sounds, trippy images and mystical connections. This West meets way-out fable takes us into a shaman retreat in the Peruvian...

  • 'The Big Sick' and the health of the summer counter-programmer

    'The Big Sick' and the health of the summer counter-programmer

    Far away as the era seems to be, summer was once a time for heartfelt human stories at the movie theater. Audiences saw beach season as ideal for character-driven tales — “Stand by Me" was the highest-grossing August release in the summer of 1986, "Ghost" the biggest July ‎hit a few years later....

  • Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke shine in the moving 'Maudie'

    Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke shine in the moving 'Maudie'

    There are two beautifully paired performances at the center of “Maudie,” Aisling Walsh’s alternately tough and delicate film about the life of the Nova Scotia-based folk artist Maud Lewis. As played by the wonderful Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Blue Jasmine”), Maudie is a frail, slow-moving...

  • 'Hermia & Helena' links Buenos Aires and New York City in a lyrical midsummer flight of the soul

    'Hermia & Helena' links Buenos Aires and New York City in a lyrical midsummer flight of the soul

    Buenos Aires and New York are forests of romantic entanglement, identity-searching and adventure in Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro’s artfully frothy “Hermia & Helena,” its title taken from the pair of love-struck young women in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Having journeyed from...

  • Horror-lite 'Wish Upon' delivers more yucks than scares

    Horror-lite 'Wish Upon' delivers more yucks than scares

    What to make of the curious, ridiculous horror-lite “Wish Upon”? This is a spooky teen story that's not particularly heavy on the scares and over-delivers on the unintentional giggles, almost ensuring it a spot as a cult movie, like the hilariously misguided “The Room,” though “Wish Upon” sports...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
79°