Movie Reviews

The Look of Silence makes it personal

The past isn’t

There’s a quote from Jean­-Luc Godard — the source of which has escaped me — in which the greatest living filmmaker suggests that the future of well-­balanced cinema is subject to a need for documentary ...

Battle of the bulges

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but does the same hold true for movies and their posters? One look at the accompanying image gives pause for reflection (and gales of unexpected chuckles). Was ...

Misunderstood pup

Humanity's best friend

How much is that doggie, Belle and Sébastien, at the Digital Gym? Once upon a time, way back in 1943, in a small village located just the other side of the Swiss Alps, there lived ...

Movies@Home

The strangest chicken sex scene you’ll ever see

What’s there not to love about Pink Flamingos? It’s pure John Water’s B-movie gold with bad acting, horrible (but oh-so-good) dialogue, the late and fabulous Divine, the egg lady, and the strangest chicken sex scene ...

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The Stanford Prison Experiment 2.0 stars

In 1971, Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo decided to investigate "how an institution affects individual behavior" by hiring a bunch of students to portray guards and prisoners in a mock prison. This is the story of that, albeit in well-acted, fictionalized ...

A LEGO Brickumentary 1.0 stars

LEGO as cinema! LEGO as mathematical science! LEGO as therapy! LEGO as art! LEGO as theme park crammed with craggy scale replicas! LEGO as Holocaust remembrance!? (What do you expect from a Weinstein release?) LEGO as official Star Wars merchandiser! ...

That Sugar Film 2.0 stars

High fructose corn syrup is terrible for your well-being, as are cute documentaries that saccharine coat an important message. Adorable, chipmunk-toothed writer-director Damon Gameau embarked on a 60-day diet of government regulated so-called “healthy” foods, and the end result plays ...

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