Goodbye Solo (review)

He’s the best American filmmaker working today whom you’ve never heard of: Ramin Bahrani has the exquisite talent of making the ordinary and the mundane soar into realms of rarefied and unexpectedly moving drama.

my week at the movies: ‘Monsters vs. Aliens,’ ‘Super Capers,’ ‘Knowing,’ ‘Duplicity,’ ‘I Love You, Man,’ ‘Goodbye Solo,’ ‘Shall We Kiss?,’ ‘Earth’

Cutest monsters ever! At least that seems to be what Monsters vs. Aliens (opens in the U.S. on March 27, and in the U.K. on April 3) is promising. I’m especially thrilled because I’m seeing it in IMAX… real IMAX, not that fake stuff they’re trying to sell us these days with the phony “upgrade” … more…

awards contenders on DVD: the indies

December can feel overwhelming, for movie watchers, with all the awards contenders flooding the arthouses — if you’re in New York and Los Angeles — and multiplexes this holiday season. But it’s always true, too, that films from earlier in the year manage to get notice from critics groups in the pre-Oscar-nominations territory. Here, I … more…