Most recent entries for May 2014

FILM REVIEW: Maleficent

Angelina Jolie returns to the big screen in full force as the wicked fairy in Maleficent. The effects and the costumes are impressive; if only the storytelling was as sharp as the star's cheekbones, laments Eli Glasner.
Everything old becomes new again: Poloroid cameras, 10-speed bikes, vintage t-shirts and now something called a Voice-O-Graph -- an old-timey recording booth from the 1940s in which Neil Young has recorded a nostalgic, lo-fi album of songs that inspired him.
Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do? and The Dolphin Way present two very different parenting strategies, but both are also loving tributes celebrating the women who produced wise-cracking gossip maven Elaine Lui and Harvard brain Shimi Kang.


A thrilling exercise in cinematic minimalism, Locke is an example of how little it takes to make a good drama -- but it helps if you start with Tom Hardy. Exhausted by a conventional action flick and inspired by some nighttime driving footage, writer-director Steven Knight has created a gorgeous-looking film that gives his talented star the equivalent of a 90-minute drum solo, says Eli Glasner.
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