Ain’t Them Bodies...

A small budget movie with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, this is one of the best directed movies I’ve seen in a while. The story is familiar, but the way it’s told is fresh. The cinematography is great — as a photographer I found myself marveling at the...

In a World

As Cindy would say, “That was cute.” A first film from actress Lake Bell, it’s fun but uneven. Set in the world of voice-over artists, especially those who make film trailers, it’s a fresh idea. Not great, but funny and worth the time. Share...

Renoir

This bio-pic tells about two Renoirs, the painter near the end of his life but still painting, and his son, who’d go on to become a renowned filmmaker (Grand Illusion.) Some may complain that this moves too slowly. For us, it was so beautifully filmed it was like spending time...

Enough Said

This is a pitch perfect comedy-drama in which the dialog and performances all¬†seem natural. This is from director¬†Nicole Holofcener, who also did Please Give and Lovely and Amazing, both of which were also quite good. It was James Gandolfini’s final screen role, and a fine one...

The Goldfinch, by Donna...

This is one of those books that you look forward to reading all day long. It is exceptional. An extremely enjoyable read, beautifully written, with a plot that takes turns that are both unexpected and yet completely believable. Her characters are complex and fully realized as are her...

Chico and Rita

If you like a good love story, music, and gorgeous animation, don’t miss “Chico and Rita”. The story is set against backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and tells the story of a beautiful singer and a...

Ginger and Rosa

Set in England in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis, this coming of age story begins with a lot of quick, impressionist shots and sequences that establish the lifelong friendship of the two girls. Then the narrative kicks in. It’s Elle Fanning’s movie to carry and she is...

Stoker

This is a well made creep movie with an excellent cast including Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. The latter played the nice guy in Woody Allen’s Match Point and the villain in Scott Frank’s The Lookout. If you haven’t seen The Lookout, do. As for...

56 Up

Director Michael Apted started work on this documentary series with a group of children aged 7, asking about their aspirations etc. The subtext was that class defined one’s future in Britain. Since then, he’s revisited the “kids” (now 56 years old) every seven...

Upside Down

Kirsten Dunst has a knack for taking parts in odd movies. Here she plays Eden who falls in love with Adam. But they can’t be together because they live in worlds where the gravity goes opposite ways. The film takes the first few minutes with an explanation of how this all...