As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an…
Somewhere, Paul Schrader's head must be spinning. Again. Back in 2004, the iconoclastic "Taxi Driver" screenwriter found himself locked in a headline-grabbing battle for creative control when his…
JUSTIN CHANG: How was your Telluride, Scott? Mine was terrific — though I should note that I don't really have a frame of reference, being a first-timer at this annual mountainside mecca for movie…
A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as seen through the eyes of a…
Nothing is encrypted in "The Imitation Game," a veddy British biopic of prodigal mathematician and WWII codebreaker Alan Turing.
The Los Angeles Police Department's famed motto, "to protect and to serve," has rarely sounded as hollow as it does during Nick Broomfield's "Tales of the Grim Sleeper."
An actor prepares…to face the final curtain of his career in "The Humbling," director Barry Levinson's free-form adaptation of Philip Roth's penultimate novel, about a legendary star of stage and…
The times may have changed, but the heroin subculture of New York’s Upper West Side remains largely the same to judge by Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Heaven Knows What.”
The punishing ordeal of imprisoned Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari brought to the screen with impressive tact and intelligence by writer-director Jon Stewart in "Rosewater."
Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making. "It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a…
Ask Walter Bernstein what makes for a good screenplay, and he'll answer you with a (possibly apocryphal) story about Henry David Thoreau.