Film Review Archives
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul creates a baffling yet intriguing film of meandering abstractions. (AFS@Dobie)
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s first venture as a director is audacious, ambitious, and amazing; it’s also intricate, self-referencing, and all-encompassing: in a word, a masterpiece.
Artificial intelligence. Virtual reality. Smart drinks. Molecular nanotechnology. Cybersex. Welcome to Synthetic Pleasures, the movie that wants to be our tour guide to the future. This intriguing documentary begins with the premise that our ever-growing ability ...
This story about an arranged marriage taking place in a remote outpost of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights will be familiar to anyone ever caught in an avalanche of red tape.
Syriana (2005, 128 min., R)
One of the most uncompromising movies of the year, Syriana is like a living tableaux composed from all the stories that lurk just behind the news, the stories that put human faces on the demand for oil.
Tabloid (2011, 87 min., NR)
Errol Morris finds a real character for his documentary subject this time – scandal magnet Joyce McKinney, who allegedly abducted and raped a Mormon missionary.
Taboo (1999, 100 min., NR)
With 1976's outré love story In the Realm of the Senses, mercurial Japanese writer-director Nagisa Oshima cemented his international reputation as a provocateur and arthouse darling. Last year's Taboo (Gohatto) explores similar territory -- the fatal ...
The most costly and the most popular film in South Korean history is also one of the most gripping and epic war films ever made.
This martial-arts film tells the story of a pair of monks whose paths diverge after they are cast out of their monastery for fighting.
A genuine “epic,” Ottinger's documentary on the nomadic tribespeople of Outer Mongolia runs for 8 hours and 21 minutes. By the time you reach the end of the film, you may find yourself feeling numbed and ...
Pierce Brosnan as a suave superspy toiling for Her Majesty's secret service? Now there's a stretch. Actually, once you get past The Tailor of Panama's sly little Bondian subterfuge, this Brosnan has little if any of ...
Take (2008, 99 min., R)
Take, with a very good performance by Minnie Driver, is a dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.
In this Eighties-set romance, a guy spends an unforgettable evening chasing the woman of his high school dreams.
Memphis and Stax Records music artists from an earlier era mentor a younger generation in this ambient documentary.
Is Curtis LaForche slowly going mad or is something apocalyptic about to happen? Michael Shannon stars in this truly unsettling movie.
It’s hard to fault such a warm, bouncy, and, yes, occasionally funky genre stalwart such as this for being exactly what you’d expect.
Sarah Polley's sophomore film, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, is an inquiry into commitment and carnal desire, and the hard choices we make when the two don’t align.
Taken (2009, 94 min., PG-13)
Call it the last cinematic gasp of the Bush era.
Taken 2 (2012, 91 min., PG-13)
The action in this Liam Neeson thriller is frenetic and frequent, and keeps him in constant MacGyver mode.
Taken 3 (2014, 109 min., PG-13)
Liam Neeson's back in action.
Takers (2010, 107 min., PG-13)
This Los Angeles-set heist movie stars lots of well-muscled men.
Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke star in this disappointing thriller.
Loud, abrasive, and featuring performances seemingly calibrated to be heard over the cacophonous roar of Travolta's mad, bad overacting, this is an unnecessary and ill-advised remake.
The director of Brokeback Mountain looks for peace and love in another decade and finds it at the legendary festival through the story of one key participant.
Despite this animated film's overabundance of vocal talent and source material that won the Newberry Medal in 2004, The Tale of Despereaux is a multispecies offender.
Stunningly beautiful, Studio Ghibli's latest animated film is a real work of art.
In The Big Chill, Jeff Goldblum's character observes how nobody can get through the day without the benefit of at least one good rationalization. In the world of French director Eric Rohmer, people, at least, try ...
Dread and mystery are the hallmarks of this South Korean psychological thriller.
Like a pint of ice-cold Stoli dumped into the eggnog bowl, this black-hearted masterpiece arrives just in time to salvage the holiday movie season for those of you who are just about one It's a Wonderful ...
The Dennis Miller Show… with nekkid vampire-vixens. That's it in a coffin-nail, but I doubt anyone's going to let me off that easily, so… Part Two of a projected trilogy of Tales from the Crypt films, ...