Life is a cabaret, old sport, or maybe halftime at the Super Bowl in Baz Luhrmann’s overhyped and overheated 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”—the fifth time Hollywood has taken on the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that many consider the greatest novel in the American language.
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A youthful movie in more ways than one, Olivier Assayas’s “Something in the Air” evokes an irretrievable past even as it manages to embody the total excitement of a particular historical moment and even, self-reflexively, the trajectory of the French director’s career. This quasi-autobiographical evocation of student politics and European hippie counterculture circa 1971 is also a crypto sequel or perhaps a prequel to “Cold Water”, the extended party movie with which Assayas made his reputation in the mid ‘90s.
Ransack the Tribeca Film Festival and ye shall find, in this case, three relatively unheralded items that are well worth seeing. (more…)
Has the Tribeca Film Festival improved? That’s what everyone says and, on the basis of the first weekend, the 2013 edition would certainly seem to have less flash and more substance. (more…)
Not that it needs a peg but, newly remastered by Criterion, Laurence Olivier’s 1956 version of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” is unexpectedly topical thanks to the confirmation that a skeleton discovered beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, was indeed that of a much reviled 15th century British monarch.
There’s no American director who inspires greater devotion than Terrence Malick, as I discovered when I wrote a less than favorable review of “The New World” (“all is diffuse, gauzy, insubstantial, underwhelming”). There is also very little middle ground when it comes to his achievements. (more…)
Over the last three decades, Steven Soderbergh has been the most versatile, not to mention hyperactive, of Hollywood directors and, as befits the movie that he has said will be his swan song, “Side Effects” showcases much of what the just 50-year-old filmmaker does best.
Warner Bros., the studio most associated with the gangster flick in the genre’s early ’30s heyday, makes a modest and not especially welcome attempt at a revival with “Gangster Squad,” directed by Ruben “Zombieland” Fleischer from Will Beale’s screenplay. (more…)