Sean Axmaker

Tobolowsky in a pensive backstage moment. Courtesy of David Chen

You may know him as Sandy Ryerson on Glee or Stu Beggs

You may know him as Sandy Ryerson on Glee or Stu Beggs on Californication or Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day—the overly ingratiating insurance salesman Bill… Continue reading

 

Tobolowsky in a pensive backstage moment. Courtesy of David Chen

You may know him as Sandy Ryerson on Glee or Stu Beggs

You may know him as Sandy Ryerson on Glee or Stu Beggs on Californication or Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day—the overly ingratiating insurance salesman Bill… Continue reading

 

Stamp (left) and Lambert in their '60s prime.Colin Jones/Imageworks/Sony Pictures Classics

You could be forgiven for assuming that Lambert and Stamp are some

You could be forgiven for assuming that Lambert and Stamp are some forgotten folk-rock duo of the Peter & Gordon variety. Kit Lambert and Chris… Continue reading

 

Larry David is among Pollak's interviewees.Tribeca Film

“Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” That’s the question

“Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” That’s the question at the center of Kevin Pollak’s documentary, signaling a somewhat different approach to… Continue reading

Larry David is among Pollak's interviewees.Tribeca Film
Salvati as hold child.Daniel Daza/Open Road Films

This home-front family drama of hope, friendship, and faith, shot through the

This home-front family drama of hope, friendship, and faith, shot through the sepia-tinged light and faded hues of nostalgia, is part of a new trend.… Continue reading

Salvati as hold child.Daniel Daza/Open Road Films
Mortensen as lost father.Cinema Guild

Back in 2009, Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso came to Seattle for a

Back in 2009, Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso came to Seattle for a retrospective of his still-young career, including his new film Liverpool, which NWFF subsequently… Continue reading

Mortensen as lost father.Cinema Guild
Fanning as the unhappy Effie.Nicola Dove/Adopt Films

It’s no coincidence that Dakota Fanning’s Euphemia (nicknamed “Effie”) looks like she

It’s no coincidence that Dakota Fanning’s Euphemia (nicknamed “Effie”) looks like she stepped out of a pre-Raphaelite painting. Within the first few minutes of Effie… Continue reading

Fanning as the unhappy Effie.Nicola Dove/Adopt Films
Pacino shows us the heart behind the ham.Hopper Stone/Bleecker Street

“The following is kind of based on a true story a little

“The following is kind of based on a true story a little bit.” There is a germ of truth to the opening disclaimer to this… Continue reading

Pacino shows us the heart behind the ham.Hopper Stone/Bleecker Street
A good con-artist movie isn’t that much different from a good con.

A good con-artist movie isn’t that much different from a good con.

A good con-artist movie isn’t that much different from a good con. It’s all about distraction and sleight of hand, creating a false narrative to… Continue reading

A good con-artist movie isn’t that much different from a good con.
Costner as coach, Pratts as his star athlete.Ron Phillips/Disney

Disney has really carved out a genre for itself: the underdog sports

Disney has really carved out a genre for itself: the underdog sports story as cultural melting pot, complete with the Middle American white coach/scout/father figure… Continue reading

Costner as coach, Pratts as his star athlete.Ron Phillips/Disney
Rory Kinnear (center) as the aghast PM receiving his ransom demand in “The National Anthem.”

Britain’s audacious answer to The Twilight Zone for our plugged-in world of

Britain’s audacious answer to The Twilight Zone for our plugged-in world of social media and screen culture, Black Mirror seemed to come out of nowhere.… Continue reading

Rory Kinnear (center) as the aghast PM receiving his ransom demand in “The National Anthem.”
Burkholder in his second and final role.

“My films are a little weird,” says Taylor Guterson. It’s a weird

“My films are a little weird,” says Taylor Guterson. It’s a weird statement to make about his two easygoing features. His debut Old Goats (SIFF… Continue reading

Burkholder in his second and final role.
Kinnaman's cop meets his creator (Oldman.Kerry Hayes/Sony

RoboCop Opens Wed., Feb. 12 at Pacific Place and other theaters. Rated

RoboCop Opens Wed., Feb. 12 at Pacific Place and other theaters. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. The 1987 RoboCop was a perversely violent, savagely smart, and… Continue reading

Kinnaman's cop meets his creator (Oldman.Kerry Hayes/Sony
Cat fanciers watch feline porn in The Date.Aino Suni

Sundance Shorts 2013 Runs Fri., Nov. 8–Thurs., Nov. 14 at Sundance Cinemas.

Sundance Shorts 2013 Runs Fri., Nov. 8–Thurs., Nov. 14 at Sundance Cinemas. Not rated. 90 minutes. In The Date, awkwardness that could’ve been played for… Continue reading

Cat fanciers watch feline porn in The Date.Aino Suni
Mikkelsen as object of scorn.Charlotte Bruus-Christense/Magnolia Pictures

The Hunt Opens Fri., Aug. 16 at Guild 45th. Rated R. 111

The Hunt Opens Fri., Aug. 16 at Guild 45th. 
Rated R. 111 minutes. Mads Mikkelsen plays a serial killer on TV’s Hannibal, but in Thomas Vinterberg’s… Continue reading

Mikkelsen as object of scorn.Charlotte Bruus-Christense/Magnolia Pictures
Koo's informant has an agenda of his own.Variance Films

Drug War Runs Fri., Aug. 9–Thurs., Aug. 22 at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Drug War Runs Fri., Aug. 9–Thurs., Aug. 22 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Not rated. 107 minutes. Johnnie To is more than an action director—his resume… Continue reading

Koo's informant has an agenda of his own.Variance Films
Warshawski at work.

Leah Warshawski didn’t set out for a movie career. “I got into

Leah Warshawski didn’t set out for a movie career. “I got into it because I worked on a boat in college,” recalls the co-director of… Continue reading

Warshawski at work.
How does he do it? Jay ain't telling.Theo Westenberger/Autry Museum

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Opens Fri., May

Deceptive Practice: 
The Mysteries and Mentors 
of Ricky Jay Opens Fri., May 3 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 89 minutes. Ricky Jay is arguably the greatest… Continue reading

How does he do it? Jay ain't telling.Theo Westenberger/Autry Museum
Whisky galore: Jasmin Riggins, Gary Maitland, Brannigan, and William Ruane.

The Angels’ Share Opens Fri., May 3 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Not

The Angels’ Share Opens Fri., May 3 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Not rated. 101 minutes. Ken Loach, that old British leftie director, keeps up his… Continue reading

Whisky galore: Jasmin Riggins, Gary Maitland, Brannigan, and William Ruane.
Fady Elsayed (left) and James Floyd as brothers in conflict.Etienne Bol/Paladin Pictures

My Brother the Devil Opens Fri., April 19 at Varsity. Not rated.

My Brother the Devil Opens Fri., April 19 at Varsity. 
Not rated. 111 minutes. The closing credits for this British film, set in the council… Continue reading

Fady Elsayed (left) and James Floyd as brothers in conflict.Etienne Bol/Paladin Pictures