Seven essayists in a new anthology take on a daunting task: characterizing styles of acting through the history of American film.
In the end, it is not the brilliance of his criticism or the strength of his prose for which we will remember Roger Ebert, but his humanity and his love—for film, for life, and, most of all, for people.
The action, violence, and skimpy outfits are so omnipresent in Sucker Punch that the film not only stands out as a lush demonstration of what’s possible with CGI and modern filmmaking but could be seen as an example of “action porn.” Sucker Punch. Directed by Zack Snyder. The cast includes Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena […]
By Justin Marble March 2–4: “Children of Invention” at the Brattle: Young filmmaker Tze Chun’s first feature was shot on location in Boston and focuses on a single mother with two small children struggling to make ends meet. When she doesn’t return home one night from her con-artist-esque job, it falls to the older brother […]
By Justin Marble October 1 through 3: Classic Cinema at Museum of Fine Arts: This weekend, the Museum of Fine Arts is showing two classic pieces of cinema. First up is Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood,” his reworking of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in feudal Japan. Then it’s Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch,” a 1969 Western that […]
French actor Gaspard Ulliel stars in a surprisingly classy prequel in the Hannibal Lecter saga. By Betsy Sherman Considering that the road from the 1991 movie “The Silence of the Lambs” to “Hannibal Rising” consists of a dreadfully over-the-top sequel (the 2001 “Hannibal”) and a decent remake (the 2002 “Red Dragon,” from a novel which […]