‘A Man Called Ove,’ Sweden’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is safe and undemanding entertainment, with generic characters and plot.
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Kelly Reichardt’s latest film, ‘Certain Women,’ is unfortunately something of a disappointment. Thankfully, however, it is a beautiful one.
‘Dr Strange’ is the latest movie by Marvel Studios, and this is the excerpt that lets you know that this is a review of ‘Dr Strange.’
Back from a break, G Clark reviews Anna Rose Holmer’s debut film, ‘The Fits,’ which plays more like a parody of arthouse cinema than a serious work of art.
Film Misery’s Oscar coverage continues with ‘From Afar,’ Venezuela’s submission for Best Foreign Film and a recent Golden Lion winner at Venice.
Oscar Season kicks off at Film Misery with G Clark’s review of Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th feature ‘Julieta,’ Spain’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
Oliver Stone’s latest film, ‘Snowden,’ is a well-meaning but painfully obvious portrait of Edward Snowden, bolstered by a great central performance.
G Clark uses ‘Europa Report’ to examine the ‘found footage’ technique, and explain why, so often, such films come up short.
Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully,’ one of 2016’s better pictures, shows how stark and simple filmmaking can be used to powerful effect.
G Clark examines the narrative structure and universal appeal of Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ the perfect family film.
Jean-François Richet’s ‘Blood Father’ lands with a thud, but is nearly saved by the star power and colossal talents of the singular Mel Gibson.
‘Can We Take a Joke’ answers its own question with an implied ‘No.’ It is unlikely to sway anyone’s opinion, yet raises interesting points.
G Clark reviews Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’—a trove of visual wonder, and a great experience for adults and older children.
Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ is an effective critique of the recent financial crisis and a good popcorn potboiler—it’s just not both at the same time.
Makoto Shinkai’s ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’ is a lovely film, rich in nostalgia, best appreciated by adults with some life experience under their belts.
‘Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend’ is the only anime rated NC-17 by the MPAA; visually inventive, it may be too much for sensitive viewers.
G Clark reviews Stephen Frears’s new film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ which says that you can achieve any dream, regardless of talent, if you’re rich enough.
G Clark reviews Michael Arias’s ‘Tekkonkinkreet’: a narratively slippery, but visually astounding animated feature with a strong emotional core.
G Clark starts the first in a series on animated films with ‘Pom Poko,’ a brilliant family film from Studio Ghibli’s other great director, Isao Takahata.
A recent Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines tells a familiar story in a beautiful, often lyrical way.