Brian Miller

Douglas in predatory mode.Clay Enos/Roadside Attractions

Gordon Gekko in the desert Southwest. There’s really no other way to

Gordon Gekko in the desert Southwest. There’s really no other way to describe this sparse but ultimately rather silly B-movie thriller. Michael Douglas rolls into… Continue reading

Douglas in predatory mode.Clay Enos/Roadside Attractions
The many co-stars of White God.Sandor Fegyverneky/Magnolia Films

There are movies about good dogs (Lassie, Benji, etc.) and bad dogs

There are movies about good dogs (Lassie, Benji, etc.) and bad dogs (Cujo, White Dog, and so on), but it’s hard to accomplish both in… Continue reading

The many co-stars of White God.Sandor Fegyverneky/Magnolia Films
Seeking liberation: Stiller and Watts.Jon Pack/A24 Films

Ben Stiller spent years and God knows how many millions on his

Ben Stiller spent years and God knows how many millions on his recent Walter Mitty remake, a statement movie that no one wanted to see.… Continue reading

Seeking liberation: Stiller and Watts.Jon Pack/A24 Films
Island lovers Speedman and Clarkson.Jeremy Benning/IFC Films

A New York Times essay recently suggested that Hollywood abandon the so-called

A New York Times essay recently suggested that Hollywood abandon the so-called “four-quadrant” marketing plan, in which a single movie can supposedly attract viewers male… Continue reading

Island lovers Speedman and Clarkson.Jeremy Benning/IFC Films
Back to Vienna for Aunt Adele's sake: Mirren and Reynolds.Robert Viglasky/Weinstein Co.

The last time Helen Mirren went up against the Nazis, in The

The last time Helen Mirren went up against the Nazis, in The Debt, it was really no contest. So you will not be surprised to… Continue reading

Back to Vienna for Aunt Adele's sake: Mirren and Reynolds.Robert Viglasky/Weinstein Co.
SAM's map of the tribal areas surveyed.Seattle Art Museum

When private collectors are generous enough to send their art on the

When private collectors are generous enough to send their art on the road, the catalogue already written, a bottom-line-mindful museum isn’t likely to quibble about… Continue reading

SAM's map of the tribal areas surveyed.Seattle Art Museum
Phillips makes his case for fossil fuels.Don Lenzer/Sony Pictures Classics

Have you ever developed a crush on a movie villain, the kind

Have you ever developed a crush on a movie villain, the kind of Dr. Evil-ish sociopath you don’t need to marry, but just want to… Continue reading

Phillips makes his case for fossil fuels.Don Lenzer/Sony Pictures Classics
Who’s in charge of whom? Meester and Shatkin.

Here is a romance that can’t happen, so why make a movie

Here is a romance that can’t happen, so why make a movie about it? In her early 20s, penniless Eleanor (Leighton Meester) desperately takes a… Continue reading

Who’s in charge of whom? Meester and Shatkin.

Blowing Up Cinema: The Art of Michelangelo Antonioni They don’t make ’em

Blowing Up Cinema: The Art of Michelangelo Antonioni They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Jack Nicholson kept the slow, existential 1975 thriller The Passenger… Continue reading

Illustration by Joshua Boulet

Unless you read The Guardian online or watch the BBC, you may

Unless you readThe Guardian online or watch the BBC, you may not be familiar with the masterfully sly and self-deprecating English journalist Jon Ronson. Now… Continue reading

Illustration by Joshua Boulet
Kikuchi’s Fargo fan is led astray.

The setup here might promise routine road comedy: A sad and lonely

The setup here might promise routine road comedy: A sad and lonely Japanese woman, who somehow believes the 1996 Coen brothers movie Fargo is a… Continue reading

Kikuchi’s Fargo fan is led astray.
Idris Elba (right) plays an uncertain ally to Penn's woozy gunman.Keith Bernstein/Open Road Films

Well, someone’s been hitting the gym. Since Liam Neeson announced his looming

Well, someone’s been hitting the gym. Since Liam Neeson announced his looming retirement from AARP action movies, Sean Penn and his bulging, hairless pecs are… Continue reading

Idris Elba (right) plays an uncertain ally to Penn's woozy gunman.Keith Bernstein/Open Road Films
O'Connell's naive soldier on patrol.Dean Rogers/Roadside attractions

For young soldier Gary (Jack O’Connell) and most of his British squad,

For young soldier Gary (Jack O’Connell) and most of his British squad, Northern Ireland is more than another country. Dispatched there to patrol the volatile… Continue reading

O'Connell's naive soldier on patrol.Dean Rogers/Roadside attractions
Schwartz at her bat mitzvah in Little White Lie.

Judaism, like any major religion, has too much history to digest readily.

Judaism, like any major religion, has too much history to digest readily. For that reason, while the Seattle Jewish Film Festival includes far more than… Continue reading

Schwartz at her bat mitzvah in Little White Lie.
Potter’s therapist tends to her flock.

Here’s an earnest new comedy of hybrid parentage: Dwayne J. Clark, a

Here’s an earnest new comedy of hybrid parentage: Dwayne J. Clark, a local businessman, is the newbie fictionalizing his past experiences in a men’s therapy… Continue reading

Potter’s therapist tends to her flock.
Noah (Levine) takes a beating on Barri's behalf.IFC/Sundance Selects

A beloved old neighbor, who occupies a rent-controlled apartment in a valuable

A beloved old neighbor, who occupies a rent-controlled apartment in a valuable Brooklyn brownstone, suddenly drops dead. Perhaps because she has nothing else to do,… Continue reading

Noah (Levine) takes a beating on Barri's behalf.IFC/Sundance Selects
Turner's Bill merits stern disapproval from his C.O. (Grant, at right).Sophie Mutevelian/BBC Worldwide

Though a relatively gentle homefront comedy, John Boorman’s 1987 Hope and Glory

Though a relatively gentle homefront comedy, John Boorman’s 1987 Hope and Glory advanced the revisionist argument that—to uncomprehending children, at least—World War II was like… Continue reading

Turner's Bill merits stern disapproval from his C.O. (Grant, at right).Sophie Mutevelian/BBC Worldwide
Abid's Self Portrait (detail).Adeel Ahmed

The early history of Seattle is inseparable from the timber industry, since

The early history of Seattle is inseparable from the timber industry, since that was our first and most readily exportable commodity. After we cut down… Continue reading

Abid's Self Portrait (detail).Adeel Ahmed
Iceland: sunny island paradise.

She comes from the land of the ice and snow. We first

She comes from the land of the ice and snow. We first meet Hera as a 12-year-old on an Icelandic dairy farm. Her beloved older… Continue reading

Iceland: sunny island paradise.
Mia Wasikowska as Moore's chore whore.

As I write this, the memory is fresh of Julianne Moore winning

As I write this, the memory is fresh of Julianne Moore winning her Oscar—finally!—for mentally perishing in About Alice. It’s not a great movie, but… Continue reading

Mia Wasikowska as Moore's chore whore.