‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is the rare spy film with sneaking emotional resonance and thrillingly orchestrated, noir-tinged action.
Author Archive | Lena Houst
In today’s Quick Takes, thoughts on ‘It Follows” hyper-sensitive horror, ‘Avengers” oppressive patriarchy and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’s aesthetic exhaustion.
Lena reflects on Peter Strickland sensuous and scented ‘The Duke of Burgundy’, Don Hertzfeldt’s playfully melancholic ‘World of Tomorrow’ and more.
With ‘Magic Mike XXL’ almost upon us, Lena joins The Film Experience’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” series to chime in on her favorite ‘Magic Mike’ shot.
As ‘Inside Out’ brings Pixar Animation Studio into a crucial turning point in their history, we look back at and rank their 15 films to date.
Carey Mulligan stands strong in the trailer for womens’ suffrage drama ‘Suffragette’.
Lena reflects on 2015’s January and March releases, feat. ‘Paddington’, ‘Broad City’, botched Shakespeare, demon snowballs, and HBO’s ‘Looking’.
‘Cinderella’ too often mistakes kindness for effort in servicing its story, but Kenneth Branagh’s visual treatment is ravishing and inclusive in its spirit.
Persistently funny and wildly optimistic, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is a joyous comic blend of social satire and genuine upbeat perseverance.
Pure mainstream entertainment may be slim this month, but there’s no shortage of off-beat genre enjoyment in theaters. Our rundown of March’s highlights.
A luminously bright study of the duplicitous fixtures of race & gender identity, Celine Sciamma’s ‘Girlhood’ runs deep & defiant of emotional restrictions.
If you left the Oscar feeling ‘Boyhood’ was under-appreciated, this montage of Richard Linklater’s work is here to make you feel gooey & warm again.
The 87th Academy Awards surprised thanks to brave acceptance speeches, exuberant musical numbers, and keeping a emotional safe distance from the winners.
Our pre-Oscar journey ends as we solidify our predictions and analyze the Best Picture and Director races, a tense race between ‘Birdman’ and ‘Boyhood’.
A surprising makeover of E.L. James’ aptly maligned book, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ makes for a rom-com that’s thoughtful, pleasurable, & assertively silly.
As we dig into Best Actor and Actress, is there anything stopping Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne from winning Sunday night? There might be.
Will Alexandre Desplat final get an Oscar in Original Score? Will ‘Selma’s only win be in Original Song? We don’t have answers. We have predictions.
The rare year where none of the big Best Picture contenders look likely to take the screenplay categories, here’s our predictions & dream ballots.
As the Oscars approach, our countdown heats up, with predictions in Film Editing and Production Design sending ‘Whiplash’ & ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ upwards.
The supporting performance categories may be locked, but there’s plenty charming work in both fields, plus our added dream ballots.