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 [...]

Top 10 movies of 2013: One man’s non-curmudgeonly list

Despite the stretches of the summer that felt like a wasteland at the multiplex, 2013 turned out to be a very good year for movies. Although I saw 160 movies last year (96 of which were assignments), I still wouldn't claim this list is definitive — there are too many new releases now, on all sorts of distribution channels, for that. Read more [...]

Cinematic highlights of 2013: That weekend in Paris in ‘Frances Ha’

One of 2013's best, Frances Ha proved that laughs and filmmaking artistry are compatible, despite the evidence of far too many comedies coming out these days. And no sequence in the movie was funnier than Frances' trip to Paris — scored to an incongruous, irresistibly schlocky 1970s hit. Read more [...]