Andoni has his "actors" abuse each other while he watches on the side, thereby exchanging the charge of narcissism that accompanied his previous doc with that of sadism.
The film has a strong start but as it progresses, the lead characters make unconvincing personality about-faces even before they've lost the attractions they might once have had.
Even if you overlook the startling historical license, "A Prominent Patient" would still be a train wreck for its godawful script and muddled structure.
Gomes finds truth in concepts and details, envisioning an anti-hero's transformation from unthinking colonialist henchman to revolutionary.
Beuys' heyday came during a period of volatile politico-artistic ferment, from the Red Brigade to Fassbinder's feverish output, and to ignore this seems downright perverse considering the political…
Fernando Trueba is having so much campy fun revisiting characters from 1998's "The Girl of Your Dreams" that he's forgotten how to build a story out of multiple strands and make it all work.
Though the premise is rich with possibilities, there needs to be something memorable about yet another father-son road trip movie, but "Bright Nights" offers no variation on the theme.
Daje Shelton has a story that's all too familiar, yet why is it that outrage over the unchanging devaluation of black lives still hasn't led to things getting brighter?
The powerful theme of this of-the-moment ensemble piece outstrips the director's ability to realize something beyond melodrama.
Hader takes a serio-comic approach to the usual story of middle-class and middle-age crisis, but it never goes deeper than what's expected in a mild comic sketch.
Chavela's voice drew forth a song's every emotion, and her life as a trouser-wearing lesbian celebrity became an inspiration throughout the Spanish-speaking world.