College life is easy, and the real world is hard but rewarding. That’s about all we learn in the new film Adult World a by-the-numbers college-to-adulthood story with a capable cast that includes John Cusack, Emma Roberts, and Cloris Leachman.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Hairbrained from director Billy Kent cannot escape its quirky 90s influences to exert much of its own personality.
The new film In Secret has a lot of things going for it, a great cast that features Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac, excellent art direction, and a script adapted from an Émile Zola novel. Yet for all of its apparent strengths, In Secret falls a bit flat.
Gloria may sound like a trite ‘life begins at 50′ film, but don’t let the brief summaries fool you. Sebastián Lelio’s film is an incredible character piece, and Paulina García‘s performance as Gloria is amazing.
One of the first visionary works of 2014 hits theaters today. A Field in England is Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic allegory about five men who search for a buried treasure.
Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day came out this past week. Trey had the opportunity to sit down with Joyce Maynard, the author of the novel on which Reitman’s film is based. The conversation covers authorial perspective, the changes that come with adaptation, and even a little about the struggles of single parenting. The full [...]
24 Exposures from Joe Swanberg feels like one of the contrived sex-driven thrillers from the 90s, replete with terrible acting, unexpected pants-on “sex” scenes, and a mystery that is so uninteresting that I challenge you to even remember it’s still there by the end of the film.
It’s problems started with the novel, but Jason Reitman‘s adaptation of Labor Day is sheer wish fulfillment. It plays on the desire to be taken from our humdrum lives by a magical stranger, who solves our problems and makes us feel loved for the first time.
Raze is a cinematic throwback to the exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the tongue in cheek humor or the thinly veiled fetishizing that made that era of film so interesting and endearing.
Ralph Fiennes‘ second feature as director, The Invisible Woman, is a gauzy and beautiful period piece, but the film’s lack of a specific cinematic perspective leaves it wanting.
Ultimately, Lone Survivor is a disappointing film based on an incredible true story. I just wished that the adaptation came closer to doing the real life event some justice.
Quentin Dupieux’s new film Wrong Cops shows us that sometimes it’s very difficult to tell if a film is trashy and brilliant and destined for cult fandom, or if instead the movie is misguided and not very good at all.
Here is Trey’s list of the Top 10 Underrated Films of 2013. He is absolutely positive that you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the depth of quality films that 2013 produced.
The Kansas City Art Institute and Alamo Drafthouse have joined forces to bring you Film School, a weekly student curated film series. This week – Citizen Kane (1941) – Sunday, December 29th.
Director Justin Chadwick attempts to show Mandela as the complex and multifaceted person he was, but in cramming in a multitude of facts, Chadwick misses any grand truths of Nelson Mandela’s influential life.