Brian Miller

Waititi as the friendly, thirsty Viago.

“We’re not Twilight!” Thus protests a New Zealand vampire, confronted with a

“We’re not Twilight!” Thus protests a New Zealand vampire, confronted with a noob—bitten within the past decade—who tries to drag his exiled undead tribe into… Continue reading

Waititi as the friendly, thirsty Viago.
John Jeffcoat

I am not going to insist you should’ve heard of the local

I am not going to insist you should’ve heard of the local band Tennis Pro, nor be a fan, to enjoy this ersatz documentary, which… Continue reading

John Jeffcoat
Choreographer Alice Gosti. Photo by Nate Watters.

Once upon a time, readings were held in bookstores, not bars; dance

Once upon a time, readings were held in bookstores, not bars; dance and classical music were confined to concert halls, not performed in the street;… Continue reading

Choreographer Alice Gosti. Photo by Nate Watters.
Hedonic Reversal (detail)

Understandably, many young artists turn to their own training (or mis-training) as

Understandably, many young artists turn to their own training (or mis-training) as a subject. Contemporary art often takes itself as a subject, much for the… Continue reading

Hedonic Reversal (detail)
Looking into the base of Middle Fork.

John Grade has long made sculpture that reflects the history and origins

John Grade has long made sculpture that reflects the history and origins of its source material (most often wood). He recently incorporated the salvaged lumber… Continue reading

Looking into the base of Middle Fork.
Hanna Benn (left) will be the lead performer in Alice Gosti’s extravaganza at Saint Mark’s.

O nce upon a time, readings were held in bookstores, not bars;

O nce upon a time, readings were held in bookstores, not bars; dance and classical music were confined to concert halls, not performed in the… Continue reading

Hanna Benn (left) will be the lead performer in Alice Gosti’s extravaganza at Saint Mark’s.
The Bernaschi hedge fund is irresistible to Dino.Film Movement

The waiter bicycling home from a banquet, hit by a bratty rich

The waiter bicycling home from a banquet, hit by a bratty rich kid’s SUV late in the slushy December night near Milan, isn’t identified until… Continue reading

The Bernaschi hedge fund is irresistible to Dino.Film Movement
Before the fall: Baldwin and Moore.Jojo Whilden/Sony Pictures Classics

If the Oscars this year go to Eddie Redmayne for ALS (in

If the Oscars this year go to Eddie Redmayne for ALS (in The Theory of Everything) and Julianne Moore for Alzheimer’s here, I hate to… Continue reading

Before the fall: Baldwin and Moore.Jojo Whilden/Sony Pictures Classics
Leigh is absorbed by the details of Turner (Spall) and his trade.Simon Mein/Sony Pictures Classics

Must the great man also be a nice guy? The movies give

Must the great man also be a nice guy? The movies give us conflicted signals these days, from The Imitation Game (pro-crank) to Selma (dignity… Continue reading

Leigh is absorbed by the details of Turner (Spall) and his trade.Simon Mein/Sony Pictures Classics
Sabe Lewellyn

The group show Police at Work has suddenly become more topical than

The group show Police at Work has suddenly become more topical than curator Paula Maratea—or the dozen affiliated gallery artists—could’ve guessed. After the deaths-by-police of… Continue reading

Sabe Lewellyn
Smith and a map of segregated Seattle.

Seen during SIFF last spring, this adaptation of Matt Smith’s 1997 stage

Seen during SIFF last spring, this adaptation of Matt Smith’s 1997 stage monologue has three irresistible selling points if you’re a) Catholic, b) were raised… Continue reading

Smith and a map of segregated Seattle.
Unlikely barflies Christensen and Ptacek.Charlotte Jardat/IFC Films

Q In flashbacks and a few fantasy sequences Tint/[Black] 25%25ATint/[Black] 25%25

Q In flashbacks and a few fantasy sequences Tint/[Black] 25%25ATint/[Black] 25%25 A cliche, once struck, can never be unrung. Expanding his Oscar-winning 2012 short Curfew,… Continue reading

Unlikely barflies Christensen and Ptacek.Charlotte Jardat/IFC Films
Making Things Right

My preferred circulation path in a museum is counterclockwise, like running on

My preferred circulation path in a museum is counterclockwise, like running on a track. However, that may not be the best way to approach Live… Continue reading

Making Things Right
Servillo's imposter rouses the electorate.Lia Pasqualino/Distrib Films

I am sure, when Roberto Ando published his novel in 2012, that

I am sure, when Roberto Ando published his novel in 2012, that Italian critics cited Being There and Dave as likely influences. Now directing its… Continue reading

Servillo's imposter rouses the electorate.Lia Pasqualino/Distrib Films
Kim must die? Diana Bang, Rogen, and Franco.Ed Araquel/Columbia Pictures

If you’ve been living under a rock, or just returned from vacation

If you’ve been living under a rock, or just returned from vacation in the Internet-free hermit kingdom of North Korea, the biggest movie story of… Continue reading

Kim must die? Diana Bang, Rogen, and Franco.Ed Araquel/Columbia Pictures
Michael Keaton’s actor is haunted by his past in Birdman.

In a filmgoing year that—turning my sourpuss-meter slightly to the right of

In a filmgoing year that—turning my sourpuss-meter slightly to the right of Robert Horton’s—was less mixed than outright disappointing, Birdman was for me the most… Continue reading

Michael Keaton’s actor is haunted by his past in Birdman.
Campbell searches for familiar chords.

No musician wants to forget the words they’re singing onstage, and one

No musician wants to forget the words they’re singing onstage, and one of the dirty little secrets to the endless touring of geezer rock groups—members… Continue reading

Campbell searches for familiar chords.
The Keanes (Waltz and Adams) are at first thrilled by their shared success. Courtesy of Leah Gallo/Weinstein Co.

Christmas is a time for kitsch, and holiday movies usually reward us

Christmas is a time for kitsch, and holiday movies usually reward us with the same sort of mass-produced sentiment, the meaning long since drained from… Continue reading

The Keanes (Waltz and Adams) are at first thrilled by their shared success. Courtesy of Leah Gallo/Weinstein Co.
Jack O’Connell in Unbroken.

The greedy guy on a life raft who eats all the chocolate

The greedy guy on a life raft who eats all the chocolate bars is surely going to die. That’s just one of the moral lessons… Continue reading

Jack O’Connell in Unbroken.
Jack O’Connell in Unbroken.

Hollywood loves a winner, and the holiday movie season is when the

Hollywood loves a winner, and the holiday movie season is when the industry most depends on tales of uplift, inspiration, and overcoming. Summer is for… Continue reading

Jack O’Connell in Unbroken.