All Good Things [2010]

Modest, well-shot drama worth watching for its three lead performances. Ryan Gosling is haunting and profoundly unsettling. As his domineering father, Frank Langella leaves a mark with significantly less screen time than his… Continue reading

The Talented Mr. Ripley [1999]

Darkly beautiful film; everything works so well, from the cinematography, the music (which fits the amazing style perfectly) to the performances. One of the best ensembles in recent history (or ever), where Jude… Continue reading

Sucker Punch [2011]

The plot is paper-thin, the characters are underdeveloped, the ending is rushed and a little weak but, somehow, miraculously, it all works. It’s no surprise that a movie featuring five gorgeous women with… Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? [1966]

Mike Nichols’s (Closer) film debut, adapted from Edward Albee’s play, is an intriguing mazelike mess of marital troubles. In this tense movie, George (Richard Burton) and Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) compose the ultimate screwed-up… Continue reading

Please Give [2010]

Delightful dark comedy by Nicole Holofcener. Please Give is so rewarding because there’s real pain behind the humor. The characters are very well layered: they’re not the most likeable bunch (Amanda Peet’s is… Continue reading

Bram Stoker’s Dracula [1992]

The opening scene of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is as close to cinematic perfection as you could possibly get. The whole film is both an homage to the horror classics of the 20th century,… Continue reading

Voy a Explotar [2008]

Even though it features some great dialogue, especially as Maru (María Deschamps) narrates, this darkly comic Mexican take on teen angst makes for a really dull, self-important film. I was a teenager too,… Continue reading

Planes, Trains and Automobiles [1987]

A bit dated (OK, a lot), but far better than 2010 rip-off Due Date. This is light, funny fare but also very human and unexpectedly touching. Del Griffith (John Candy) plays who has… Continue reading

12 Angry Men 2.0 (Casting suggestions)

I paid attention to the movie, I swear, but while I watched the 12 jurors deliberate and discuss, I couldn’t help but start to wonder who would play them if 12 Angry Men… Continue reading

12 Angry Men [1957]

Even though it’s slightly dated and starts to feel just a tad contrived towards the end, 12 Angry Men is nevertheless riveting and, most importantly, smart. The fantastic script by Reginald Rose is… Continue reading