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Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson’s intricate mystery The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a page-turner, and the Swedish filmmakers who adapted the first book of his Millennium trilogy capture that feeling of constant forward motion in a lengthy, engrossing thriller, rearranging some of the ornate plotting while

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

It’s not an overstatement to call Bones Brigade an autobiography: skateboarder turned filmmaker Stacy Peralta formed, sponsored, and guided the influential team. But Peralta puts himself in a supporting role, focusing on the young and promising misfits who became stars by dominating skateboard competitions and

Delusions of Guinevere

Beneath the rom-com pacing and peppy underscoring of a Lifetime movie, Delusions of Guinevere is a surprisingly dark satire of modern celebrity. Ariana Bernstein, who co-wrote and co-produced with director Joanna Bowzer, casts herself as former child star Guinevere James, who has not transitioned to

Coherence

Coherence puts theoretical physics in an intimate scifi context as a passing comet impacts four couples at a dinner party. Untethered from their smartphones by a blackout, this very social group suddenly feels dangerously isolated, even as the realization sets in that theirs is just

War Story

American photojournalist Lee (Catherine Keener) barely speaks during the first third of War Story, and when she does, it’s to demand that she be left alone. She turns her room at a small Sicilian hotel into a bunker, ignoring pleas to return home and refusing