If this entire film about an attractive, six-member International Space Station crew finding life on Mars had resembled the last five electrifying minutes, perhaps we would’ve had an entirely different film on our hands.
Part gonzo romp, part sad social satire, the first chapter in this stylish tale followed the vein-piercing antics of four Edinburgh junkies. Two decades later, we’re giving the middle-aged blokes a shot at redemption before they head off to the nursing home.
If you’re up on your festival buzz, you’ve likely heard about the swarm of ambulances called into the Toronto International Film Festival to extract viewers of the film “Raw” because they had passed out from the gore.
Superficial in its aesthetic but thematically soulful, Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” is enigmatic – just like its star, Kristen Stewart – but audience members willing to embrace it are in for something special.
Where the film soars – aside from some ingenious casting – is in its unabashed embracing of the inherent theatricality of musicals. While there were iconic numbers in the animated version, the remake is performed much closer to a wall-to-wall musical.
Professor Charles Xavier and a beaten-down Wolverine find themselves back together in a dystopian futurescape a little too much like today, and without a cavalcade of other mutants and two-dimensional bad guys to weigh them down.
Something’s clearly not right out in the suburbs where Chris has agreed reluctantly to meet the parents of his girlfriend, who don’t know he’s black – but loved Obama. Given the results of the election, the daggers the film throws couldn’t be any more on point.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is Feb. 26, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting, but the Boston Society of Film Critics beats it with a Feb. 19 event filled with special guests, music and screenings at The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square – benefiting the ACLU.
Possessing an enormous warmth and empathy for its characters, Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” looks at motherhood and how extended family isn’t always related by blood.
There’s a quirky poetic flow to “Paterson” as in nearly every Jim Jarmusch film, seeping outward in languorous yet artful movements, and while “Paterson” (starring Adam Driver) is tightly coddled, it’s also one of the director’s more earthy and accessible efforts.