MR. TURNER Review

     February 10, 2015

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Mr. Turner opens today in limited release.] Painter J.M.W. Turner, the eponymous subject of Mike Leigh’s new biopic Mr. Turner, was renowned for painting shipwrecks. A …

Oscar Beat: The Best Director Race at a Glance

     December 3, 2014

As we head out of the Thanksgiving holiday, studios have been scrambling to get screeners out to critics and voters before early December deadlines, and some of the year’s later releases are finally starting to be seen, which means the …

MR. TURNER Review | TIFF 2014

     February 10, 2015

Painter J.M.W. Turner, the eponymous subject of Mike Leigh’s new biopic Mr. Turner, was renowned for painting shipwrecks.  A lazier film would condense Turner’s life around that simulacrum.  Instead, Leigh chooses to look at the whole picture, and not just …

NAKED Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

They come sporadically, but are instantly identifiable: Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, Samuel L. Jackson in Jungle Fever. Roles that launch actors into the upper echelons of master thespians, roles that reward the …

International Trailer for Mike Leigh’s ANOTHER YEAR

     August 20, 2010

If you’re attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you may want to take some time to seek out Mike Leigh’s Another Year.  It doesn’t have the star-power of films like The Town or Black Swan, but it looks like …