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April 24, 2014

Locke

7

Tom Hardy

Directed by: Steven Knight

A guy in a BMW. Alone. Talking on the wireless. Voices on the speaker. He's Ivan Locke, a Brit, driving from Birmingham to London. In real time – 85 minutes. No flashbacks. Just this guy. Juggling crises. Don't freak out. Locke only sounds like a trap. It's a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is a blazing wonder as Locke. Writer-director Steven Knight has given Hardy the task of... | More »

Transcendence

2

Johnny Depp

Directed by: Wally Pfister

Remember when paycheck-hungry actors were accused of phoning in a performance? Johnny Depp spins that for millennials in Transcendence by Skpying in his performance. After a few brief scenes in the flesh as Dr. Will Caster, the foremost expert in Artificial Intelligence, Depp virtually disappears. Before poison kills Dr. Will, he downloads everything he knows and feels into a computer. So when his loyal wife (the talented but criminally wasted Rebecca Hall) misses him, she just logs on and vo... | More »

April 11, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive

6

Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

How does this strike you? Hang out with a pair of centuries-old vampires in a digital-free apartment in depressed, depopulated Detroit while they listen to vinyl records on a turntable. Before you stop reading, let me point out that this movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, flows from the mind and bruised heart of Jim Jarmusch, the indie pioneer of laidback lyricism. Jarmusch movie titles sound like an incantation when you say them aloud: Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train, Night On Earth, Dead ... | More »

Joe

6

Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan

Directed by: David Gordon Green

If you need a reminder of what a fine, nuanced actor Nicolas Cage can be, take a look at Joe. This is the kind of artful character study that marked Cage's work in Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona and Adaptation. Cage's Joe Ransom is an ex-con, living in the rural South, where he runs a tree-poisoning detail for a company that wants to replace sick trees with the healthier variety. Joe is fair to his crew, played by real-life laborers. He even gives a job to Gary Jones (Tye Sherid... | More »

April 3, 2014

Nymphomaniac, Volume II

4

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Directed by: Lars Von Trier

With raw shock and a riveting Uma Thurman absent this time, Nymphomaniac: Volume II is a metaphoric limp dick. As in Volume I, filmmaker Lars Von Trier keeps the same themes at play about female sexual power and male attempts to tame and abuse it. But repetition dulls the edge of insights that are meant to be, um, penetrating. Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg, a true fascinator) is still telling her tales of wonder and woe to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), the older man who gives her shelter an... | More »

Under the Skin

7

Scarlett Johansson

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

Visionary inventiveness is such a lost art in contemporary cinema that impatient audiences may bolt for the exits at Under the Skin. Those who stick it out and let Jonathan Glazer's film flood their senses are in for something extraordinary. Plot? Here's what you need to know: An unnamed woman, played by Scarlett Johansson with unshakably alluring menace, cruises the streets of Scotland in a cargo van looking for men. She's not the usual femme fatale. She's an alien, and ... | More »

March 27, 2014

Noah

6

Russell Crowe

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

The floods is threat'ning My very life today Gimme, gimme shelter Or I'm gonna fade away —The Rolling Stones Pick your gospel: the Scriptures or rock & roll. Both figure into director Darren Aronofsky's Noah, a biblical epic that follows no rules except its creator's teeming imagination. The damn nerve! Yeah, like you'd expect Aronofsky the firebrand to trot out a gentle story of Noah escorting animals two-by-two into his ark while God destroys the world b... | More »

The Raid 2

7

Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra

Directed by: Gareth Evans

It is possible that you saw 2012's The Raid: Redemption and were left feeling meh by this Indonesian explosion of martial-arts mayhem. Of course, if you don't get jazzed by The Raid and its sequel, The Raid 2, we are no longer talking. I mean, people, the visceral fighting heat that Welsh-born, Jakarta-based director Gareth Evans packs into these films singes the screen. Here's a taste of the plot: Pencak silat master Iko Uwais is back as police officer Rama, now going underco... | More »

March 20, 2014

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