Mira Nair's adaptation of the popular novel is well-intentioned, if a bit heavy-handed
J.J. Abrams' film is a mess: too loud, too kinetic and with too much ham-handed action and "suspense."
Well, first: Into Darkness — worst title ever. Star Trek dramas have been darker.
In this bio-doc, the elderly painter Auguste Renoir finds inspiration in a new model
Gilles Bourdos' film depicts a few months in the life of Auguste Renoir, as the famed impressionist painter grows increasingly infirm. It's France in 1915, and while Europe is beset with war, it's a gorgeous, peaceful summer at Renoir's country estate on the Cote d'Azur.
Baz Luhrman's adaptation is not a delirious train wreck but it's not a success, either
On one level, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is about puncturing grand myths and the manipulation of smaller truths. In that spirit, I'll confess to not having read the Jazz Age novel since the Carter administration, and will spare you the how-this-movie-ruins-the-book screed.
Goro Miyazaki's coming-of-age anime is charming and filled with exquisite visual details
Japanese anime is associated with films that are fantastical, cyberpunkish or require the creative license that animation can provide. But the latest feature from the renowned Ghibli studio co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill, is quite simply a slice of ordinary life.
Sexy, stylish, misbehaving vampires return to the big screen
Zombies have received so much press lately, we've forgotten about the other undead we used to love — vampires. Fans of the sexy, Eurotrash strain of vamps — perpetual life is so languid, dahlink — should be pleased with this latest entry, a melodrama from Xan Cassavetes (daughter of the late filmmaker John).
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