Bram Stoker via Ken Russell, "The Lair of the White Worm" dresses a gothic tale in 1980s-centric layers. The story, involving vampire-like snake people and a white worm of Roman lore, is drenched in Russell's typical religious, surreal, and sensual imagery; but the film never really gains any footing.
Youthful Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi star as members of a Scottish community where the skull of what may be the famed white worm (or dragon, as the film explains) of…
A subtle drama about fathers, sons, and the dreams the former have for the latter, Chris Weitz's "A Better Life" is an engrossing film that resists falling victim to cliches and histrionics that befall works of its type. Focusing on Los Angeles's Mexican-American community, the film is solidly made and follows well-worn thematic and narrative paths.
Demian Bichir is outstanding as an immigrant father, trying to carve out a living in the United States as his son tries to balance…
"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…