Wildly ambitious, visually sumptuous, and head-achingly confounding, Cloud Atlas is an experience that aims to be profoundly moving. Whether it succeeds is another matter entirely. Continue reading Review: ‘Cloud Atlas’ Aims to Be Profound, But Falls Gloriously Short
Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Alex Pettyfer star in Steven Soderbergh’s new film, which is set in a Florida strip club but revolves around matters of the heart. Continue reading Review: ‘Magic Mike’ Strips Away All Pretenses
Three indies are opening locally today, June 22: ‘Your Sister’s Sister.’ Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt play sisters who reunite at a remote cabin in the company of recovering friend Mark Duplass. Advance reviews have been mixed to positive. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed. ‘The Woman in the Fifth.’ An American novelist (Ethan Hawke) hopes to rekindle a romance in Paris; when that doesn’t work out, … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ ‘The Woman in the Fifth,’ ‘Bill W.’
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace star in Ridley Scott’s prequel to ‘Alien.’ Continue reading Review: ‘Prometheus,’ a Sci-Fi Extravaganza
Green screen on a budget, two animated features, and a drug dealing drama await. Continue reading Weekend in D/FW: ‘Repo Chick,’ ‘Summer Wars,’ ‘Illusionist’
Not bad … for a FREAKIN’ INSTANT CLASSIC!!!
The very first frame announces the intent of the movie: the Universal Studios logo, in pixellated form, with cheesy synth music playing the theme. We’re in an 8-bit world, and director and co-scripter Edgar Wright is at the controls.
A dazzling plunge into an unending deluge of visual and cinematic tricks proceeds forthwith. Yet they’re not really “tricks” in the sense of a magician’s sleight-of-hand; they’re a means of expressing the alternating currents of bliss, confusion, fear, hope, lust, and love (maybe? possibly?) that surge through the mind and body of anyone taking the delicate first steps in a relationship.