‘Christmas, Again’ is worth watching any time of the year

Christmas, Again would be a good movie at any time of the year, but it will undoubtedly play best in December, especially for viewers seeking an antidote to culturally mandated good cheer. If you ever find yourself drinking alone during the holidays, take heart; Christmas, Again will be there for you. Read more [...]

30 years late, or timeless? Leos Carax’s ‘Boy Meets Girl’ finally hits U.S. screens

Starts Fri., 8/15 at L.A.'s Cinefamily Theater: Leos Carax's precocious 1984 debut Boy Meets Girl is a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve for a lot of things — for cinema, for Paris, for youthful romanticism. And it's in gorgeous black-and-white. It's like the weekend in Paris that Frances Ha dreamed of, in 100 minutes. Read more [...]

The return of ‘Mauvais Sang,’ the grooviest French movie you might never have heard of

DCP restoration now playing in L.A.: Leos Carax reminded the world of his talent with 2012's Holy Motors. This revival of 1986's Mauvais Sang — a compulsively watchable testament to young love, and the love of movies — shows why Carax was a name to reckon with back in his proverbial enfant terrible days. Read more [...]

About those explicit scenes in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’…

Is it possible to write about Blue Is the Warmest Color without addressing the sex scenes? In any conversation about the film they’re the first thing to come up. Does the director get a pass on the charge of exploitation because his movie is a sincere, brilliantly acted depiction of a passionate love affair? Read more [...]

‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ is an even better movie than the controversy might lead you to believe

The controversies and whiff of scandale swirling around Blue Is the Warmest Color have overshadowed what a good movie it is. You may not want to take my word for it, though — it's possible no male film critics are to be trusted on the subject of this film. Read more [...]