Down-and-out Nevada stars alongside two of the screen’s best young character actors in “The Motel Life,” a wintry story of life on the margins.
Stacie Passon’s assured first feature is a stylish affair. Home decorating is the chief means of self-expression for the stay-at-home mom at the center of “Concussion” — until she combines her fixer-upper flair with the unexpected emotional rewards of high-end sex work.
She's often referred to as a philosopher, but the great thinker and writer Hannah Arendt considered herself a political theorist.
The split-level house of American dreams and boomer memories probably has never been used so evocatively or been as central to a movie as it is in "The Playroom." In the 1975-set coming-of-age drama - a kids'-eye view of adult malaise - that house is essentially a character, showcasing the g…
Septuagenarians give communal living a go in "All Together," a comedy that manages to avoid many of the predictable pitfalls and pratfalls that such a scenario suggests. Until it surrenders to them.
"Klown"earns its laughs. The Danish comedy is a fine juggling act of dry Scandinavian humor and boys-will-be-boys outrageousness that's both more sexually explicit and more truly risk-taking than the usual Hollywood version of men behaving badly (a remake from Todd Phillips and Danny McBride…
There's an unflashy clarity to the documentary "Bill W." that suits its subject. William G. Wilson, the "stinking rotten drunk" who had an epiphany and co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, was a Vermont Yankee whose life's work was predicated on humility and service.
Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose 2003 feature debut, "The Return," was a masterpiece of cinematic allegory, turns to noir-ish territory, by way of Dostoevsky, in his third film, the spellbinding and impeccably crafted "Elena."
Gangsters and ghosts - and gangsters who are ghosts - stir it up in Guy Maddin's "Keyhole." They've gathered, in collusion and at cross-purposes, in a creepy old house that wouldn't be out of place in a David Lynch fantasia.
The directors of the delightful 2001 short film "Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers," which showcases the noncutesy melodic possibilities of squeak toys, toothbrushes and vacuum cleaners, successfully build upon the premise in "Sound of Noise."
The title of the no-frills documentary "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" is not a rhetorical question; the filmmakers are offering a $50,000 reward for answers.
Exulting in a seedy showbiz glow a là "Showgirls," but with
twice the gyrating and a lot more soul, "House of Boys" is a
coming-of-age extravaganza set in the gay club scene of 1984
Kevin Clash wasn't the first puppeteer behind "Sesame Street"
character Elmo, but he's the one who gave the shaggy red Muppet a
falsetto voice and the personality of a sweet toddler - and thus
created a superstar for the preschool set.
As the admiring new documentary "A Man Within" shows, writer
William S. Burroughs was a taut collection of contradictions: a
critic of law-and-order jingoism who was a gun fanatic (even after
killing his wife in a game of William Tell gone terribly wrong), a
prescient critic of invasive psyc…