Sometimes a low budget can be a director's best friend. On "Gimme the Loot," working with non-professionals and stealing shots around New York City fit the story Leon wanted to tell: a down-to-earth…
Wide-eyed children and dying old men once again make up the majority of the Academy's live-action short offerings, making for a solid if disappointingly familiar crop of nominees.
Even separated into two feature-length programs, this least appealing of Shorts Intl.'s three Oscar shorts programs makes for a long sit.
Without uttering a single word, the five Oscar-nominated toon shorts display a stunning range of ingenuity and emotion, repping yet another first-class lineup in one of the least-seen and most…
Offsetting stiff acting with rich atmosphere, visuals and music, this long-awaited pic hits the novel's key plot points without denying its spiritual soul.
Designed to make empathetic citizens question the system, this strangely compelling issue pic plays less to auds' hearts than to their craving for testosterone.
Russia needs its own John McClane movie the way Uncle Sam needs a bright red babushka, and this subpar sequel feels suspiciously like someone tried to plug McClane into a preexisting, Moscow-set…
Southern goth-chic gets a swoony supernatural makeover in "Beautiful Creatures," a teen franchise-starter that suggests what "Twilight" might have looked like with a reasonable budget, a competent…
Unconvincingly presented as a verite account of a student film project turned ugly, this sloppy, button-pushing black comedy reveals a crew desperately in need of counseling -- less in anger…
"Elephants" assembles 10 actors in various unscripted interactions, and contents itself to "watch them living things" in maddeningly shallow focus.
An oddly upbeat coming-of-ager that nonjudgmentally treats a Canadian teen's love affair with her high-school English teacher as a simple rite of passage, "Molly Maxwell" puts a sunny spin on a…