Movie Reviews

Erotic `Elles': Juliette Binoche is fearless, but the insights are less so

What's new in the world's oldest profession?

That might've been the snappy headline of Anne's investigative article in Elle, had it turned out the way she and her editor expected. But what article -- or sexual experience -- ever does?

English has no nice equivalent of "Elles" -- the gender-dedicated plural of "she" -- and Hollywood has no equivalent of this frank French foray into prostitution, driven by three intensely erotic female performances. Read more... about Erotic `Elles': Juliette Binoche is fearless, but the insights are less so

Vote: 
3

'The Dictator' rules ruthlessly with Sacha Baron Cohen fans

This "Dictator" isn't the great one, but he has deep respect for the inspirational role models who've come before, as his film's dedication makes clear: "In loving memory of Kim Jong Il," a dear leader who died as he lived -- in three-inch heels.

Admiral General Aladeen is the ruthless ruler-for-life of Wadiya, an oil-rich African nation that looks suspiciously like Sacha Baron Cohen-land. Aladeen inherited that job at age 6, when his father was killed in a freak hunting accident (involving 97 stray bullets and a hand grenade). Read more... about 'The Dictator' rules ruthlessly with Sacha Baron Cohen fans

Vote: 
3

Bolshoi's `The Bright Stream'---a "new" Shostakovich ballet---hits the screen

How you gonna keep ’em down on the collective farm after they’ve seen Moscow dancers?

Aficionados (or just casual fans) of Dmitri Shostakovich will not want to miss a rare chance to answer that burning question---to see and hear what is, in effect, a “brand new” ballet by the great Russian composer, performed by the Bolshoi. Read more... about Bolshoi's `The Bright Stream'---a "new" Shostakovich ballet---hits the screen

Vote: 
4

`Boy': Child actors lift New Zealand coming-of-Michael-Jackson-age film

There’s a flight taking off for New Zealand, and if you’ve never been there, I suggest you take this chance to hop aboard. It’s a flight of fancy about an 11-year-old Maori boy named “Boy”---the most devout Michael Jackson fan of ’em all.

Writer-director-co-star Taika Waititi (“Eagle vs. Shark”) sets this refreshingly gentle dramatic comedy in 1984. That (for the three of you who don’t know) would be the year of “Thriller,” when MJ was King of the World, as well as Pop, even in the backwater Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. Read more... about `Boy': Child actors lift New Zealand coming-of-Michael-Jackson-age film

Vote: 
3

'Deep Blue Sea' delves deep into the sadness of love's expiration date

The curtain rises on Hester's methodical preparations, to the exquisite strains of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto: She closes the curtains in her dingy London flat, stuffs a towel under the door, puts a note on the mantelpiece, swallows some pills, inserts coins in the gas meter, turns on the valve, lies down and drifts off as it hisses.... Read more... about 'Deep Blue Sea' delves deep into the sadness of love's expiration date

Vote: 
3

'In Darkness': a harrowing subterranean tale of Nazi-occupied Poland

Anne Frank's Secret Annex in Amsterdam was luxurious compared with the Chigar family's hiding place in Lvov. Comparisons of relative degrees of horror during the Holocaust -- "Which was worse, the Dutch or Polish experience?" -- are odious but inevitable on viewing Agnieszka Holland's "In Darkness." Read more... about 'In Darkness': a harrowing subterranean tale of Nazi-occupied Poland

Vote: 
3

`Five Broken Cameras' documents Palestinian resistance

Americans currently divided over the (dubious) theory and (problematic) practice of "Stand your ground" in Florida should sympathize with a painfully similar concept---and rallying cry---in the West Bank, and elsewhere. Be it Trayvon vs. Zimmerman or Palestinian villagers vs. Israeli settlers, the question is always the same: Who's standing whose ground against whom?

There's no doubt where director Emad Burnat's sympathies lie in "Five Broken Cameras," a joint Dutch-French-Palestinian-Israeli documentary being screened as part of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival. Read more... about `Five Broken Cameras' documents Palestinian resistance

Vote: 
3

Carnegie Mellon Film Festival goes Distinctly Dutch

Two "Distinctively Dutch" -- and diametrically different -- documentaries give deeper definition this weekend to the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival's "Faces of Others" theme and to the powerful symbiosis of directors who are viscerally tied to their subjects. Read more... about Carnegie Mellon Film Festival goes Distinctly Dutch

Vote: 
4

`Girl With Black Balloons': Portrait of an artist in disorder at the Chelsea

Take a cue from your tulips and get into Netherlands mode for the "Distinctively Dutch" component of this year's Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, starting tonight with a beautiful 60-minute documentary "Girl With Black Balloons."

First-time director Corinne van der Borch is Dutch but the subject and venue are quintessentially American: She was initially drawn to New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel for its architecture and history but, once there, stumbled upon a greater human fascination in the form of Bettina Grossman. Read more... about `Girl With Black Balloons': Portrait of an artist in disorder at the Chelsea

Vote: 
3

Carnegie Mellon Filmfest: Enter `The Suicide Room' at your own risk

This isn't just the best foreign film I've seen this year, it's the best film, period -- a cutting-edge visual and emotional powerhouse. Its central figure is Dominik, a spoiled-brat high school senior whose permissive father and mother (a government minister and famous costume designer) are too busy with their careers to notice his "issues" -- including the gay inclinations that lead to his outing and humiliation on the Internet. In loco parentis, Dominik seeks love/support online in The Suicide Room. Read more... about Carnegie Mellon Filmfest: Enter `The Suicide Room' at your own risk

Vote: 
4

Pages

Subscribe to BarryParis.com RSS Feed