Kathleen Hanna became a singer because she had something to say and she wanted people to listen, she explains in Sini Anderson’s documentary “The Punk Singer.” She certainly got her wish when she became frontwoman of Bikini Kill, the influential 1990s punk band that shout-sang about female e…
One of the biggest problems with “Magic Magic,” a troubling glimpse of one woman’s paranoid spiral, is marketing.
Some movies prove both immediately transformative — altering how we view the world as soon as we leave the theater — and long-lasting, demanding days or weeks of reflection. “The Patience Stone” is one such movie, transporting viewers to a war-torn Middle Eastern country where a woman is gra…
Long before suburban malaise, there was provincial melancholy, and Therese Desqueyroux had a severe case. Played by Audrey Tautou, the title character of the 1920s-set French film “Thérèse” clearly is miserable. But director Claude Miller has a harder time showing that she deserves pity, muc…
The Oscar race heats up as the year winds down, and the final stretch of 2012 promises a pageant of movies by directors already certified by the Academy. Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit," and Alfred Hitchcock even makes an appearance, brought to life by Anthony Hopkins…
Anyone who has lamented the difficulty of teaching old dogs new tricks could learn something from Diana Vreeland. Although she died in 1989, the fashion maven and iconoclast no doubt loved the idea of contradicting that trite adage, as illustrated by the documentary "Diana Vreeland: The Eye …
"Cosmopolis" might be the "Das Boot" of Wall Street movies. But instead of taking place inside a U-boat, the movie is shot almost entirely within a white stretch limo, following the strange horror, not to mention the sheer tedium, of driving across Manhattan for a haircut.
Long before bands traveled from one stage to the next via tour
buses, there were musicians doing the same with horse-drawn
carriage. Leopold Mozart, one of history's most infamous stage
dads, was among those facing the elements to herald his young son's
Evidence of violence is inescapable in some Chicago
It may seem contradictory that Rio de Janeiro's largest landfill
is called Jardim Gramacho (Gramacho Garden). But spend some time
there, thanks to the documentary "Waste Land," and you start to get
the sense that, amid the trash, something really is blooming.