Brian Miller

At Fisher Pavilion: Finger Power!Photo By Brian Miller

Bumbershoot’s visual arts exhibits are distributed over two locations this year: Fisher

Bumbershoot’s visual arts exhibits are distributed over two locations this year: Fisher Pavilion (with a separate tent outside); and what’s now called the Fountain Lawn… Continue reading

At Fisher Pavilion: Finger Power!Photo By Brian Miller
Will The Trip to America soon follow? Coogan (left) and Brydon.

Yes, you would like a second helping. Director Michael Winterbottom and his

Yes, you would like a second helping. Director Michael Winterbottom and his two stars, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, aren’t really asking—they’re insisting you come… Continue reading

Will The Trip to America soon follow? Coogan (left) and Brydon.
Adrift in America: Gyllenhaal, Fassbender, and Gleeson.

Michael Fassbender is in there somewhere. The Irish-German star of Shame and

Michael Fassbender is in there somewhere. The Irish-German star of Shame and the X-Men movies spends most of this unlikely band comedy inside an oversized… Continue reading

Adrift in America: Gyllenhaal, Fassbender, and Gleeson.
The Activ looks for a path through the closing ice.

I was told there would be more penguins… well, not actually. The

I was told there would be more penguins... well, not actually. The modern-day explorers in this Danish doc are actually headed north, not to Antarctica,… Continue reading

The Activ looks for a path through the closing ice.
Wright before her computer capture.Quinzaine/Drafthouse Films

Based on a 1971 sci-fi novel by Stanislaw Lem, this movie begins

Based on a 1971 sci-fi novel by Stanislaw Lem, this movie begins intriguingly as Hollywood satire. Robin Wright plays Robin Wright, an actress on the… Continue reading

Wright before her computer capture.Quinzaine/Drafthouse Films
A stranger (Ian Edlund) rides into town in The New West.

Now an idea made obsolete by digital video, the old unit of

Now an idea made obsolete by digital video, the old unit of cinematic measurement used to be a single reel of 35 mm film: 1,000… Continue reading

A stranger (Ian Edlund) rides into town in The New West.
Tan’s edible Food Game.

Don’t play with your food—that may be the most frequent and earliest-recollected

Don’t play with your food—that may be the most frequent and earliest-recollected directive of childhood. But food is so primal, who can resist toying with… Continue reading

Tan’s edible Food Game.

Recently the grand marshal of Seattle’s Pride Parade, George Takei has become

Recently the grand marshal of Seattle’s Pride Parade, George Takei has become America’s favorite gay uncle. Closeted during his Star Trek days, now enthusiastically, emphatically… Continue reading

Mia Kasalo as Clara, who hates the coffee grinder.

Closely scripted and choreographed yet disarmingly casual in appearance, Ramon Zurcher’s family

Closely scripted and choreographed yet disarmingly casual in appearance, Ramon Zurcher’s family portrait is confined mostly to a Berlin apartment where 10 various relatives come… Continue reading

Mia Kasalo as Clara, who hates the coffee grinder.
Duplass and Moss at the magical retreat.Radius/TWC

One of my top picks from SIFF last spring, this movie comes

One of my top picks from SIFF last spring, this movie comes swaddled in spoilers. It’s almost impossible to describe the fanciful sci-fi plot without… Continue reading

Duplass and Moss at the magical retreat.Radius/TWC
Livin' the dream: Nelson (left) and Eenhoorn.Andrew Reed/Sony Pictures Classics

You get to a certain point in life—40, 50, 70, divorce, the

You get to a certain point in life—40, 50, 70, divorce, the death of a spouse, or your retirement party—when you think there’s nothing left… Continue reading

Livin' the dream: Nelson (left) and Eenhoorn.Andrew Reed/Sony Pictures Classics
Lovers on the run: Palacios and Vergara.Outsider Pictures

Mexican drug cartels have become Hollywood shorthand for evil—like Indians in the

Mexican drug cartels have become Hollywood shorthand for evil—like Indians in the old days, or Nazis after that. On this side of the border, screenwriters… Continue reading

Lovers on the run: Palacios and Vergara.Outsider Pictures
Harley’s prospects seem poor.

A dispatch from the frontlines of rural poverty, this documentary follows three

A dispatch from the frontlines of rural poverty, this documentary follows three boys (and their families) in the small town of Rich Hill, Missouri. The… Continue reading

Harley’s prospects seem poor.
Members of Sue’s original discovery team.

When did fossil hunting become a crime? For more than a century

When did fossil hunting become a crime? For more than a century since paleontologists and amateurs began looking for geologic evidence to support Darwin, it… Continue reading

Members of Sue’s original discovery team.
Gleeson’s cleric appeals to his bishop (David McSavage, left).

This is a bumpy, uneven picture full of colorful digressions—is that simply

This is a bumpy, uneven picture full of colorful digressions—is that simply to say it’s Irish?—and narrative dead-ends. Its writer and director is John Michael… Continue reading

Gleeson’s cleric appeals to his bishop (David McSavage, left).
Mystic versus skeptic: Stone and Firth.Jack English/Gravier Prods/Sony Pictures Classics

Some movie critics must secretly hope that Woody Allen dies soon—if not

Some movie critics must secretly hope that Woody Allen dies soon—if not two decades ago—to spare us any more of his Continental nostalgia trips. He… Continue reading

Mystic versus skeptic: Stone and Firth.Jack English/Gravier Prods/Sony Pictures Classics
The leader and his acolytes: Camara, de Molina, and Colomer.Adolfo Crespo

Spain only seems to export its most beautiful movie stars to us,

Spain only seems to export its most beautiful movie stars to us, often via Almodovar: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Paz Vega, etc. But… Continue reading

The leader and his acolytes: Camara, de Molina, and Colomer.Adolfo Crespo
The writer (Lynskey, left) and the troublemaker (Kendrick).Kyle Christy/Magnolia Pictures

I think of Joe Swanberg’s latest lo-fi indie comedy as less a

I think of Joe Swanberg’s latest lo-fi indie comedy as less a successful movie than a successful situation that happens to take place in a… Continue reading

The writer (Lynskey, left) and the troublemaker (Kendrick).Kyle Christy/Magnolia Pictures
The director as an infant, held by her older sister.Variance Films

Petra Costa’s very personal documentary is about her sister Elena, 13 years

Petra Costa’s very personal documentary is about her sister Elena, 13 years older, who during the late ’80s left Brazil to become an actress in… Continue reading

The director as an infant, held by her older sister.Variance Films
Our boys go on a road trip: Crossley (left) and Burkholder.ShadowCatcher Ent.

When a feature’s title is the name of one of its actors,

When a feature’s title is the name of one of its actors, not his character’s name, you know the project is about more than its… Continue reading

Our boys go on a road trip: Crossley (left) and Burkholder.ShadowCatcher Ent.