"I am walrus, hear me blubber" might be the mantra of Kevin Smith's "Tusk," an utterly bizarre, weirdly compelling story of manimal love that stakes out its own brazen path somewhere between "The…
Sitting shiva makes the heart grow fonder (and the libido rage and the repressed grievances runneth over) in "This Is Where I Leave You."
Writer-director Damien Chazelle's own experiences in a hyper-competitive high school jazz band helped to inspire "Whiplash," his darkly comic portrait of an obsessive 19-year-old drummer (Miles…
"Sometimes a movie is just a movie," remarks one character early on in Chris Rock's "Top Five"; but in the case of Rock's own third turn in the director's chair, it's also a candid, ferociously funny…
Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice in "The Equalizer," an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series.
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.