Indie Snapshot: Take This Waltz

by Ethan Alter July 13, 2012 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Take This Waltz</i>

A slow weekend at the multiplex gives you time to catch up with some of the indie features -- like Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz -- currently playing at an art house or video on demand service near you.

Trailers Without Pity: New Year’s Eve

by Ethan Alter December 2, 2011 12:55 pm
Trailers Without Pity: <i>New Year’s Eve</i>

Last year, Garry Marshall gave everyone another reason to hate Valentine's Day by releasing the all-star romantic comedy, Valentine's Day, in which a bunch of obnoxious Angelenos had a variety of misadventures in that crazy little thing called love. The improbable success of that movie convinced Marshall that he should ruin another holiday, so here comes New Year's Eve, in which a bunch of obnoxious New Yorkers have a variety of misadventures while the big Times Square clock ticks down to midnight. Jeeze Garry, why'd you have to go and mess with a holiday we actually like?

How Did Killer Elite Disappoint Us? Let’s Count The Ways

by Ethan Alter September 23, 2011 3:17 pm
How Did <i>Killer Elite</i> Disappoint Us? Let’s Count The Ways

Like most movie critics, I've been looking forward to this fall's onslaught of prestige pictures after the summer blockbuster season. From Moneyball and The Ides of March to Melancholia and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the next three months are packed with hugely promising, very serious titles from directors, writers and actors I respect a great deal. But amidst all the high drama, there's always room for a 'splodey, ass-kicking action picture, which is why I've been anticipating Killer Elite since I first caught wind of it in late July.

Indie Snapshot: Bagged Lunch

by Ethan Alter February 28, 2014 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: Bagged Lunch

Which movie will satisfy your hunger for good indie fare: The Lunchbox or The Bag Man?

Grudge Match: Your Burning Questions Answered

by Ethan Alter December 25, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Grudge Match</i>: Your Burning Questions Answered

What's not quite a Rocky movie and definitely not the second coming of Raging Bull? The old guys punch-a-thon, Grudge Match! We're sure you've got questions about this title bout between Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro and we've got the answers.

Five Things to Know About Last Vegas

by Ethan Alter November 1, 2013 6:00 am
Five Things to Know About <i>Last Vegas</i>

What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas. But it would be irresponsible for us to let you take a bet on Last Vegas without any advanced warning. Here are five things to know about this old friends (really old friends)-hit-the-Strip comedy.

The Family: Dumbfellas

by Ethan Alter September 13, 2013 6:00 am
<i>The Family</i>: Dumbfellas

There's one comic beat buried deep in The Family that explains why Luc Besson thought this mob comedy would be worth making. Relocated with his biological family to a rural village in the Normandy region of France after betraying his Brooklyn-based professional "family," ex-Mafioso Fred Blake a.k.a. Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) is the guest of honor at a special movie screening hosted by the town's film society. The movie on the docket is Some Came Running, the 1958 Frank Sinatra/Dean Matrin film, but -- quel dommage! -- they've mistakenly been sent the print for another movie, a Martin Scorsese picture. I'll give you one guess as to which… and no, Kundun and Hugo would be the wrong picks.

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