Film Review

Waltz work

Tarantino's muse can't save Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

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Joyous blues

New doc spotlights the musical wanderings of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz

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By Nicole Gluckstern

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FILM In an early scene from Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon's documentary on the life and musical obsessions of their mutual friend Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records, we see Strachwitz behind the wheel of his car, struggling to explain the common thread that joins his wide-ranging musical tastes, from country blues to Cajun Zydeco to bordertown conjunto.Read more »

Falling apart together

Siblings mend their broken relationship — if not their broken lives — in dramedy 'The Skeleton Twins'

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Urban decay

A family struggles to survive in crime drama 'Metro Manila'

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Flynn and out

Hollywood-scandal tale 'The Last of Robin Hood' comes up short

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High fly

A baseball legend comes to life in 'No No: A Dockumentary'

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Cruel stories of youth

'Rich Hill' and 'Me and You' offer very different (but equally compelling) coming-of-age tales

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FILM Richard Linklater's Boyhood is so popular that by now it's acquired the seemingly inevitable backlash against such overwhelming critical support — god forbid "the critics," that mysterious, possibly secret-handshaking Masonic elite, should tell anyone what to think. It's a lucky movie that invites hostility by being so widely (and, admittedly, a bit hyperbolically) considered a masterpiece. Whatever your parade, someone will always be dying to rain on it.Read more »

Cubicle cult

Stephen Root on staplers and the enduring appeal of 'Office Space'

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FILM For anybody who has ever had to put up with a creepy boss, annoying co-workers, or a soul-sucking work environment — and that is most likely all of us, at some point in our lives — Mike Judge's 1999 comedy Office Space has become a supremely entertaining and highly relatable touchstone for its razor-sharp take on office politics and corporate culture.Read more »

Beyond the force

'Alec Guinness at 100' presents epics, capers, and delightful deceptions — but no mind tricks

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FILM In the 14 years since Sir Alec Guinness' death, his fame has only grown, thanks to the enduring cult of the biggest hit of his long career — a film he famously dubbed "fairy-tale rubbish." Star Wars (1977) made the stage-trained thespian a very rich man. It also meant that he was forever branded as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the minds of every moviegoer born in the post-lightsaber era.Read more »