Shot with all the taste and style of a cut-rate music video, "The Afflicted" is a horror film that tries to offer a meditation on the serious topic of child abuse. It fails.
Over-the-top, exploitative, and clumsily put together, "The Afflicted" focuses on a family that is suffering at the hands of its Bible-spewing, foul-mouthed matriarch. She subjects her children to beatings, prostitution, and all manner of other abuse; and she does so all in the name of God. Though…
If you are a movie fan, you have probably heard of the Utah-based company that rented sanitized versions of R-rated movies to its hungry-for-wholesome entertainment customer base. "Cleanflix" is a documentary that charts the rise and fall of that company, the weed-like spread of copycats and their eventual eradication, and the personalities behind these rental shops. More importantly, the documentary explores art, censorship, religion, and repression.
The documentary, composed of news footage and talking-head interviews, begins at the entry of…
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
From the opening Warner Brothers logo, to its end credits, "Argo" is a fully-engrossing and remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking. Director Ben Affleck assembles a film that pays attention to the smallest of details while delivering on a grand dramatic scale.
With both cinematography that adds a patina of grain to its naturalistic color palette and the film's immersive design details, the look of "Argo" is historically appropriate and eye-catching. The cast, led by a stoic Affleck and more-than-solid turns…