Ian Buckwalter appears in the following:
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) focuses on a self-destructive folk singer just scraping by in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman star. (Recommended)
Thursday, November 07, 2013
The world is in danger from beyond the stars again — this time it's a horde of Dark Elves — and Marvel's god of thunder has to team up with his troublemaker brother, Loki to save us. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman star.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Based on the widely read 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender's Game tells the story of young boy training to lead the forces of an embattled Earth in a war-torn future. Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley star.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The film, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from a Cormac McCarthy screenplay, follows a lawyer who gets tangled up in a drug deal gone wrong. Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz star.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A desperate former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) follows a stranger's enigmatic instructions in hopes of rescuing his kidnapped wife. A young computer hacker (Selena Gomez) is in the Mustang's passenger seat. Courtney Solomon (The Haunting) directed.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Two critics dissect the latest geek farce from actor-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead). It's named for a pub where middle-aged pals try to relive adolescent adventures. But then total annihilation looms. Regular Pegg/Frost collaborator Edgar Wright directed.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Paul Schrader, Lindsay Lohan and earnest adult-film star James Deen turn in a puzzlingly inert commentary on the emptiness of modern-day Tinseltown.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Apocalyptic epics — all toppling buildings and existential peril — have been de rigeur in this summer's blockbusters, but they're missing in action in The Wolverine. Ian Buckwalter says the latest X-Men story is about letting Logan work through his issues, and it's told with a lighter touch.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Three horror flicks — Grabbers, Evidence and The Conjuring — add up to a case study in why an original concept isn't always what makes a good movie.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Finally, a summer event movie that feels like summer! Critic Ian Buckwalter says Guillermo del Toro gets the balance of high stakes and sly humor just right in Pacific Rim, his big-budget homage to the kaiju stories that brought us Godzilla and his ilk.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
A far cry from the usual amped-up extreme-sports film, Lucy Walker's The Crash Reel follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce from devastating wipeout through debilitating brain injury and protracted recovery — fitting his struggle into a larger consideration of sports-related injury. (Recommended)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Neil Jordan's latest stab at a vampire story revels in the gothic-horror aesthetic that gave us the genre in the first place — though a Victorian chill dominates more of the proceedings than might be ideal.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Director Franck Khalfoun pushes us to empathize with — or at least consider — the perspective of a serial killer in Maniac, a slasher reboot shot almost exclusively from the murderer's POV.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Set in an Italian movie-sound lab circa the '70s, Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio takes audiences into an unsettling world where life imitates art — and the difference between reality and nightmare becomes increasingly difficult to discern. (Recommended)
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Director James DeMonaco (Little New York) turns in a nail-biter featuring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Set in an orderly future where citizens enjoy one lawless, annual 12-hour "purge," the film flops as social comment — but sure keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The Oscar-winning director of the documentary Man on Wire crafts an intimate drama about the conflict in Northern Ireland. Through tight closeups, brilliant performances and careful pacing, a national crisis plays out in individual terms. (Recommended)
Thursday, May 23, 2013
An affectionate documentary portrays the Paris Review founder as a man devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work — both for himself, and for the rest of us.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Henry James' put-upon Victorian heroine is now the child of a present-day rock star and her philandering husband, but the dynamics among the observant Maisie and her feckless parents are as painful and revealing as ever.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The story of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic trip across the Pacific Ocean has been told before, and often. But in Kon-Tiki, the how and why of that trip get a robust, dramatic airing — if one that may not be quite historically accurate.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
There's a trick to filming a documentary about filmmaking, and Unmade in China is what happens when a director gets it right. Bureaucracy, propaganda and ornery American ingenuity get tangled up in an amusingly creative misadventure.