Brian Miller

Jonze on the set.

The worst kind of interviews are what we in the trade call

The worst kind of interviews are what we in the trade call “phoners.” Face-to-face is best, and email interviews at least allow deliberate, considered answers.… Continue reading

Jonze on the set.
Streep stares down her granddaughter (Abigail Breslin) in August: Osage County.

JANUARY10 Meryl Streep plays it big and broad in the screen adaptation

JANUARY10 Meryl Streep plays it big and broad in the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ acclaimed play August: Osage County, directed by John Wells and… Continue reading

Streep stares down her granddaughter (Abigail Breslin) in August: Osage County.
Delpy and Hawke in Before Midnight.

1 Her See review. 2 The Great Beauty Paolo Sorrentino’s sensational consideration

1Her See review.2The Great Beauty Paolo Sorrentino’s sensational consideration of modern-day Italy in decline uses aging playboy journalist Jep (the sublime Toni Servillo) as a… Continue reading

Delpy and Hawke in Before Midnight.
Nelson (seated at table as an extra), directed by Payne.

For Seattle TV viewers of a certain age—or any age, if you

For Seattle TV viewers of a certain age—or any age, if you go to YouTube—there is the memory of Uncle Fran’s Musical Forest, in which… Continue reading

Nelson (seated at table as an extra), directed by Payne.
DiCaprio plays a more twisted Gatsby.

Some three-hour movies feel shorter than other three-hour movies. That’s one thought

Some three-hour movies feel shorter than other three-hour movies. That’s one thought inspired by the hugely, rudely entertaining The Wolf of Wall Street, as compared… Continue reading

DiCaprio plays a more twisted Gatsby.
Trying to connect IRL: Adams and Phoenix.

There are many movies to like this holiday season, but only one

There are many movies to like this holiday season, but only one of them feels genuinely new. Instead of casting back to criminal capers of… Continue reading

Trying to connect IRL: Adams and Phoenix.
Streep stares down her granddaughter (Abigail Breslin) in August: Osage County.

January 3 At SIFF, Bettie Page Reveals All celebrates the life of

January3 At SIFF, Bettie Page Reveals All celebrates the life of the pinup queen (who died in 2008), apparently with new interviews from the famously… Continue reading

Streep stares down her granddaughter (Abigail Breslin) in August: Osage County.
Jean (Mulligan) sees no future in Llewyn.Alison Rosa c 2012 Long Strange Trip LLC/CBS Films

Inside Llewyn Davis Opens Fri., Dec. 20 at Harvard Exit and Sundance

Inside Llewyn Davis Opens Fri., Dec. 20 at Harvard Exit and Sundance Cinemas. Rated R. 105 minutes. When the Coen brothers make an outright comedy,… Continue reading

Jean (Mulligan) sees no future in Llewyn.Alison Rosa c 2012 Long Strange Trip LLC/CBS Films
Again Veronica (Christina Applegate) gets the better of Ron (Ferrell).

Anchorman 2:The Legend Continues Opens Wed., Dec. 18 at Varsity, Pacific Place,

Anchorman 2:The Legend Continues Opens Wed., Dec. 18 at Varsity, Pacific Place, SIFF Cinema Uptown, and others. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes. Like the shark that… Continue reading

Again Veronica (Christina Applegate) gets the better of Ron (Ferrell).
Graham likes her Santa (Thornton) naughty in Bad Santa.

For better and worse, the holidays mean holiday movies. The new Hunger

For better and worse, the holidays mean holiday movies. The new Hunger Games and Hobbit installments are already in theaters, and this week brings the… Continue reading

Graham likes her Santa (Thornton) naughty in Bad Santa.
Following the fiery raid, a Philadelphia cop surveys the scene.

Let the Fire Burn Runs Fri., Dec. 6–Thurs., Dec. 12 at Varsity.

Let the Fire Burn Runs Fri., Dec. 6–Thurs., Dec. 12 at Varsity. Not rated. 95 minutes. Before Waco or Ruby Ridge there was Philadelphia’s MOVE… Continue reading

Following the fiery raid, a Philadelphia cop surveys the scene.
Von Stuck’s poster for the 1911 International Hygiene Exhibition.

Know your vons! The Frye featured Albert von Keller in 2010, Gabriel

Know your vons! The Frye featured Albert von Keller in 2010, Gabriel von Max the following year, and now completes the von-fecta with Franz von… Continue reading

Von Stuck’s poster for the 1911 International Hygiene Exhibition.
Avner is still going strong today.Moriah Films

The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers Opens Fri., Nov. 29 at Sundance. Not rated.

The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers Opens Fri., Nov. 29 at Sundance. 
Not rated. 114 minutes. Wait, so Sandra Bullock made it back safely from space and… Continue reading

Avner is still going strong today.Moriah Films
Jep (Servillo) takes a stroll.Gianni Fiorito/Janus Films

The Great Beauty Opens Fri., Nov. 29 at Varsity. Not rated. 142

The Great Beauty Opens Fri., Nov. 29 at Varsity.
Not rated. 142 minutes. Instantly my favorite film thus far this year, Paolo Sorrentino’s account of an… Continue reading

Jep (Servillo) takes a stroll.Gianni Fiorito/Janus Films
Bassett as long-suffering grandmother.Phil Bray/Fox Searchlight

Black Nativity Opens Wed., Nov. 27 at Pacific Place and other theaters.

Black Nativity Opens Wed., Nov. 27 at Pacific Place and other theaters. Rated PG. 93 minutes. Adapting Langston Hughes’ 50-year-old stage musical, itself based on… Continue reading

Bassett as long-suffering grandmother.Phil Bray/Fox Searchlight
Dern doesn’t beg for your tears.

Nebraska Opens Fri., Nov. 22 at Guild 45th. Rated R. 115 minutes.

Nebraska Opens Fri., Nov. 22 at Guild 45th.
Rated R. 115 minutes. How many of us open those e-mails from disinherited Nigerian princes or the “You… Continue reading

Dern doesn’t beg for your tears.
Heldenbergh and Baetens make their own harmonies.Tribeca Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown Opens Fri., Nov. 22 at Varsity. Not rated.

The Broken Circle Breakdown Opens Fri., Nov. 22 at Varsity.
Not rated. 110 minutes. If there really are bluegrass bands in Belgium, their stories are unlikely… Continue reading

Heldenbergh and Baetens make their own harmonies.Tribeca Film
Nelisse as our bookish heroine.

The Book Thief Opens Fri., Nov. 22 at Lincoln Square and other

The Book Thief Opens Fri., Nov. 22 at Lincoln Square and other theaters. Rated PG-13. 125 minutes. It’s the Holocaust, so it must be Christmastime… Continue reading

Nelisse as our bookish heroine.
Wait, no Sandra Bullock jokes? The Habiteers prepare for liftoff.

The Habit 13 Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green

The Habit 13 Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Ave. N., 800-838-3006, thehabitcomedy.com. $19. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sun. Ends Dec. 1. What… Continue reading

Wait, no Sandra Bullock jokes? The Habiteers prepare for liftoff.
The young artist (Radcliffe) at the West End bar.Clay Enos/Sony Pictures Classics

Kill Your Darlings Opens Fri., Nov. 15 at Meridian, Sundance, and Lincoln

Kill Your Darlings Opens Fri., Nov. 15 at Meridian, Sundance, and Lincoln Square. Rated R. 100 minutes. The Beat generation grew up on movies (and… Continue reading

The young artist (Radcliffe) at the West End bar.Clay Enos/Sony Pictures Classics