The Enigma of Alan Turing: Morten Tyldum’s ‘The Imitation Game’ chronicles the life of WWII’s unsung code-breaker

Imitation Game feature

One of the most important figures of the 20th century is virtually unknown to the world at large More »




Babadook
Parental descent: Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Babadook’ is a spooky tale of a mother in crisis

The real boogeyman in Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent's chilling psychological horror movie, The Babadook, isn't the titular creature—a nightmarish cross between Dr. Caligari's cabinet monster and a Queensland cockroach. More »

Theory of Everything
The cosmology of love: James Marsh chronicles the journey of Stephen and Jane Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'

The world’s image of Stephen Hawking, the brilliant and celebrated astrophysicist, is that of a severely physically afflicted man in a wheelchair More »

Overnighters feature
Boomtown blues: Jesse Moss documents the struggles of a North Dakota community overwhelmed by job-seekers

The small town of Williston, North Dakota, is on the front lines of the central battles in today's economy. A boomtown thanks to its location atop the enormous Bakken shale oil field, Williston has seen its population almost double in ten years. More »

Chazelle
Off the charts: Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ quickens the pulse with tale of ambitious young drummer

The questions concerning art, morality and the often fraught interplay between the two which Damien Chazelle poses in his film Whiplash “keep me up at night,” the writer-director admits. More »

Boxtrolls feature
Out of the box: Laika animation studio conjures Victorian England with tale of subterranean ‘Boxtrolls’

With its all-star cast of British character actors, menagerie of paranormal creatures and darkly macabre wit, you'd be forgiven for assuming that the new stop-motion feature The Boxtrolls hails from dear old Blighty, perhaps courtesy of a newly created animation division of English horror mainstay Hammer Films. More »

Sarnos feature
Sexy and sweet: ‘A Life in Dirty Movies’ offers an endearing portrait of soft-core filmmaker Joe Sarno and his wife Peggy

In the annals of movie pitches that have worked, “Imagine your favorite grandparents, only they make sex movies” surely has a place. More »

Tombstones Feature
Scudder missile: Liam Neeson embodies Lawrence Block’s private eye in Scott Frank’s ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’

When he first tackled A Walk Among the Tombstones, a Universal release opening Sept. 19, screenwriter Scott Frank was coming off a string of successes that included Get Shorty and Out of Sight. More »

Keep On Feature
Keepin’ On: Alan Hicks documents the special bond between jazz legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin

The image is haunting and indelible: a pair of hands outstretched, searching unsteadily for another pair of outstretched hands, finally coming together and going into a big bear-hug embrace. Almost 70 years separate those hands, but the common bond of music erases that gap, and suddenly a state of perfect harmony exists. More »

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REVIEWS

imitation game
Film Review: The Imitation Game

Terrific biopic about world-class mathematician and social misfit Alan Turing, who, in spite of a painful struggle with his homosexuality, helped the Allies break the code of the Nazis' Enigma machine. More »

Hunger Games - Mockingjay Pt 1
Film Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Darker, less action-packed first half of the final installment of the popular franchise moves from arenas to rubble aplenty as Jennifer Lawrence’s super-heroine is called upon to serve her beleaguered and much-destroyed nation as propaganda instrument and leader. Fans of the books and previous two films get a less flashy palette here, but the engaging characters and strong story return to stir interest for the scheduled November 2015 finale. More »

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