| Jul 7, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Retired moviemaker Steven Soderbergh continues his quest to take over the small screen. Amazon announced Monday that it has added a comedy pilot, "Red Oaks," executive produced by Soderbergh and directed by fellow indie auteur David Gordon Green, to its...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 1:00 PM
The Lego Movie
Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99/$59.98
Available on VOD June 17.
It seemed like a cynical cash grab when it was announced, but it turned out to be one of 2014's best films. Writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller make the...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
At a certain point, the backcountry stories become a blur. Even when they're well executed, and they usually are, movies like "Winter's Bone" and "Mud" and "Out of the Furnace" and now "Joe" all exist in comparable, dangerous worlds....
| Mar 9, 2014
Inside Llewyn Davis
Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99
Available on VOD beginning Tuesday
Joel and Ethan Coen use the pre-Bob Dylan Greenwich Village folk scene as a jumping-off point for a black comedy about obsolescence, but unlike earlier, similar...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Before "Prince Avalanche" was selected for the Sundance Film Festival this year, few people even knew of its existence. This wouldn't be surprising for a debut indie or foreign language import, but the film is written and directed by well-known...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:30 PM
A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
So close and yet so far, the colony of Elysium hovers just outside Earth's atmosphere, a mere 19-...
| Aug 12, 2013
In "Prince Avalanche," an artsy loner (Paul Rudd) and an immature doofus (Emile Hirsch) work together to repair roads in the middle of nowhere. Adapted from an Icelandic film, it's a slow and funny drama that director David Gordon Green says splits the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:10 PM
A monster flick set amid a medieval festival, "Knights of Badassdom" appears to pay homage to the Troma brand of comedic horror.
When stuck-up Beth (Margarita Levieva) dumps ne'er-do-well Joe (Ryan Kwanten), his roommates Hung (Peter Dinklage) and...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 6:37 PM
Filmmaker David Gordon Green saw his "Prince Avalanche" premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and hit theaters in early August. So it may seem sudden for him to also being unveiling "Joe" with star Nicolas Cage at the Venice Film...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Although he may not be a household name, director James Wan is suddenly among the hottest filmmakers in town.
His $20-million thriller "The Conjuring," released in July, grossed $260 million worldwide, and on Friday his "Insidious: Chapter 2" hits...
| Aug 15, 2013
Here's a funny, poignant oddball of a movie, existing on a galaxy far, far away from the likes of "Pacific Rim" or "World War Z" or anything whose computer-generated actions speak louder than words.
"Prince Avalanche," from writer-director David...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:41 PM
The "Hangover" movies, even the third one no one defends, barely qualify as comedies in the traditional sense. They're more like grimy action pictures with a joke or two tossed in to avoid the charge of false labeling. Their ugliness of spirit compounds a...