The ‘Entourage’ movie: a brontosaurus at the Polo Lounge

I was recently assigned to watch the Entourage movie, in the middle of an awards season where #OscarsSoWhite and the debate about sexism in the Biz has all but overshadowed the nominees. But even without that going on, Entourage would still seem almost baffling in its cluelessness. Read more [...]

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’: Divas and superheroines in the Swiss Alps

Named one of the Top 10 films of 2015 by Film Comment: Clouds of Sils Maria felt perfectly timed for a year dominated by Star Wars and Marvel blockbusters — it's a French filmmaker's reflection on cinema in the age of superhero movies. But thankfully this is no rant along the lines of "Marvel is killing cinema!" Read more [...]

Movie posters we’d like to frame, Part 2: ‘The Assassin’

Named the Best Film of 2015 by Sight & Sound magazine: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is a martial-arts epic unlike any other — it's a highly stylized, unabashed art object. It's fitting that such a beautiful movie inspired the most eye-catching movie posters of the year, as this international poster gallery demonstrates. Read more [...]

The fine art of the movie poster, Part I: ‘Crimson Peak’

Opening this week: Rarely does a poster alone convince me I need to see a movie, but the posters for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak do just that. The images have an old-school Gothic horror vibe that's both elegant and creepy — they're the graphic equivalent of a crooked finger, beckoning you in to see the film. Read more [...]

Should you make time for ‘The Clock’ at LACMA?

Playing for 24 hours at LACMA this weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. Sat., 8/8: Christian Marclay's 24-hour compendium of film clips The Clock is Pop Art at its best, a crowd-pleaser that makes for attractive entertainment. But the film falls short of a masterpiece. Marclay's collage is too smooth, too easy, leaving only a blur of undifferentiated images in the viewer's mind. Read more [...]