A skirmish of wit: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’

Americans can do Shakespeare after all: Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing has a distinctly novel, laid-back Californian air. As thoroughly amusing as the movie is, the most intriguing thing about it might be the way Whedon's sensibility shines through. Read more [...]

‘Before Midnight’: Celine and Jesse are still talking, but are they still worth listening to?

It's impressive how honest Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are in portraying a long-term relationship in Before Midnight. How long can an argument go on become before the audience loses the ability to laugh at the funny lines, and the movie becomes a downer? Read more [...]

‘Boy Meets Girl’: cinematic young love in Paris

To judge by Boy Meets Girl, his 1984 debut, director Leos Carax had already mastered filmmaking technique at an age when most would-be auteurs are fighting to get approval for their final film-school projects. Boy Meets Girl is a small-scale B&W effort, but there’s nothing modest about the craft on display. Read more [...]