Before “Howl,” before the Beats, Allen Ginsberg was just another Jewish kid from Paterson, N.J. Well, another Jewish kid from Paterson with a crazy mother, a poet father, a love of Walt Whitman, and a scholarship to Columbia University.
K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, and the mountain with the second-highest fatality rate, is the looming, mysterious star of the breathtaking but problematic documentary “The Summit.”
Wadjda, the title character of Haifaa al-Mansour’s charming first feature, is an entrepreneurial 10-year-old in Riyadh — a girl who wears scruffy Converse sneakers and jeans under her long black robe, sells homemade bracelets and mix tapes to make extra money, constantly runs afoul of the he…
A French bonbon of little consequence but lots of style, “Populaire” — a midcentury-modern lark about a secretary, her typewriter, and her demanding boss — occupies some fantasy realm where colors are more vivid than in real life, the clothes snazzier, the characters more carefree. Even when…
Foodie alert: Get thee to “Haute Cuisine,” a gastronomic must-see based on the true story of the woman who served as personal chef to French president François Mitterrand. Stuffed salmon between cabbage layers, anyone? Foie gras with apple ginger chutney and cocoa nibs tuile? A nice choux p…
Now and then, a kid makes a run for it.
A knotted drama of terrorism and double agentry set in Belfast in the early 1990s, "Shadow Dancer" boasts a fiercely focused performance from Andrea Riseborough as Collette McVeigh, a Northern Ireland IRA member arrested after an aborted bombing in a London Underground station.
A real-life cyberthriller with real-life consequences, Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" is a riveting and revelatory documentary that plays out on the ground in Melbourne, London, Baghdad, Stockholm, Reykjavík, and Washington - and everywhere in the thrumming realms o…
Truth is a tricky thing. Memories can falter, secrets are clung to, and there is more than one way to see an event, interpret its meaning. Wallace Stevens had 13 ways of looking at a blackbird. Rashomon's priest and woodcutter famously offered differing accounts of a woman's attack. Hey, eve…
You'll have to wait until it ends to see whether crime pays in Ken Loach's spirited caper "The Angels' Share." But it's a testament to the veteran British filmmaker's wily ways - and to his strong social (and socialist) conscience - that you'll find yourself rooting for his band of underclas…
"Marriage is like a phone call late at night," Robert De Niro says, in dulcet voice-over mode, at the outset of "The Big Wedding." "First comes the ring, and then you wake up."
Elle Fanning is scary. Scarily good.
People have been trying to film Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the talismanic Beat novel, just about since the day it was published in 1957.
Is the whole animated shorts world suddenly all about 'toons without words?
It would be great, one day, to see Jason Statham try his hand at a romance, or slapstick farce. He wouldn't have to change what he does - if he could, which seems doubtful. Somehow, the counterintuitive casting of the taciturn British action star - shaved dome, sinewy, snarling his lines as …
A ski-lift gondola, rumbling up the side of a Swiss mountain, is the means by which Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein), the 12-year-old boy at the center of Ursula Meier's dark fairy tale of a film, "Sister," gets to work.
Maybe on paper - a cocktail napkin, perhaps, but certainly not the shooting script - "The Guilt Trip" seemed like a good idea. Take a geeky grown-up with no dating or mating skills and put him in a car for a cross-country road trip with his smothering, motor-mouth mom.
Agnieszka Holland's "In Darkness," nominated for a foreign-language Academy Award (it lost, to "A Separation"), is set in the city of Lvov, then part of Poland and now the Ukraine, in the midst of World War II. It's a harrowing Holocaust tale, but one that speaks to humankind's capacity to e…
Rage and ruin burn off the screen in "Tyrannosaur," a first-time
directorial effort from Irish actor Paddy Considine in which Peter
Mullan - veteran of many a Ken Loach pic - seethes with hate and
The original German title of "Young Goethe in Love" is simply
"Goethe!" Note the exclamation point, because director Philipp
Stölzl's account of the love affair that set the great German
author on the path to literary stardom is all about exuberance and
TORONTO - The lights came up after the gala screening of "The
Descendants" (due to open in Tucson next week) at the Toronto
International Film Festival in September, and Alexander Payne and
his star, George Clooney, trotted onto the stage - greeted by an
especially rapturous standing ovation.
"Step Up 3D" is, in one significant respect, a step up.
What's a dedicated thespian doing in sixth-century armor, leaping walled citadels in a $150 million Walt Disney sword-and-sandals saga adapted from a video game? "It's definitely a different type of movie than I've made before," says Jake Gyllenhaal, star of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."
A police procedural that's less about criminal matters than it
is about dialectics and existential quandaries, Corneliu
Porumboiu's "Police, Adjective" is an anti-thriller in which little
happens - there is plenty of talk, but even more silence.
"A Single Man" is like a big coffee table book on grief,
loneliness and loss - and mid-20th-century home design. Set in 1962
Los Angeles and starring Colin Firth as an English literature
professor (he's English and he teaches literature), this
meticulously crafted film has been adapted from …
TORONTO - In "The Men Who Stare at Goats," Jeff Bridges plays
Bill Django, a military man who returns from Vietnam to embrace the
'60s counterculture headlong - the whole Aquarian Age, flower
power, altered states of consciousness thing.
He's in the ads and on the posters, standing upright on a roof,
his arms elbowed out, fists on his waist, like some neurotic Clark
Kent. There's a TV antenna behind him, and a lot of blue sky.
Since turning from documentaries to fiction in the mid-1990s,
the Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have
crafted a series of stunning if bleak dramas about Europe's
outcasts: the unemployed, the homeless, an underclass of illegal
immigrants, black marketeers, teenage h…
In some ways, Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," adapted from a
short story by Annie Proulx, and the film director's "Lust,
Caution," adapted from a short story by Eileen Chang, aren't so
"Welcome to the underbelly of pingpong," says the sage Chinese
master — make that the blind sage Chinese master — in the latest
merrily stupid sports comedy, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant's "Balls
Most music biopics follow a familiar arc, and in some ways
Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose" appears no different: a childhood
of pain and poverty, false steps and shaky beginnings, a mentor or
two, wild times on the road, discovery, debauchery, success, fame,
In "Day Watch," Timur Bekmambetov's wild and woolly sequel to
his 2004 amok-in-Moscow vampire thriller "Night Watch," the forces
of light and the forces of darkness are at it again.
"Whose woods these are I think I know." In "Severance," they
belong to hooded Hungarian homicidal maniacs.
In "The Painted Veil," Edward Norton plays Walter Fane — an
Englishman of the 1920s, a doctor, a cuckold — with a terseness
that is terrifying.