Ian Buckwalter

Ian Buckwalter appears in the following:

The Ambitious Drive To Do Too Much Too Fast, On Screen And Off

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Transcendence is the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, a celebrated cinematographer. While his visual sophistication is evident, so is his limited experience with storytelling.


On 'Draft Day,' A Coach Faces His Own Big Game

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Like the glitz of the day itself, Draft Day tries to win over audiences with big names, the power of the NFL and tons of money. But as football fans know, these elements don't always mean a win.


Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eric Deggans looks at the move by Stephen Colbert from the show he does in character on Comedy Central to CBS late night.


'Jodorowsky's Dune': The Greatest Film That Never Was

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Director Frank Pavich tells the story of cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's novel Dune into what might have been the trippiest movie of the '70s.


With A Spelling-Bee Subversion, Jason Bateman Breaks Bad

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Arrested Development actor stars in his own directorial debut as a 40-year-old middle-school dropout who decides — for a hidden motive — to compete in a national spelling bee.


Wes Anderson's New Hotel Proves Pretty Grand Indeed

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Wes Anderson's eighth film, set primarily in a 1930s hotel, is just as stylish, precise, and nostalgic as his past films — and far funnier. (Recommended)


'Non-Stop': Liam Neeson, Armed And Dangerous Again

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In an enjoyably absurd airborne whodunit, the actor plays a federal air marshal who has to find the terrorist picking off passengers on a trans-Atlantic flight.


'Pompeii': In Ancient Rome, A Hot 3-D Mess

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Even for an action flick that promises more thrills and gore than depth and nuance, Pompeii throws plausibility to the wind. The result is a flaming collision of romance, friendship and vengeance.


'RoboCop' Remake, As Mechanical As Its Cyborg Hero

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Director José Padilha's RoboCop reboot surpasses the 1987 original in some important ways: the acting is vibrant, and the politics robust are and nuanced. But there's little warmth behind the metallic sheen.


A Horror Comedy With 'Everything' And Then Some

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything, starring Simon Pegg, packs a lot of inventive and colorful ideas. The only thing it lacks is restraint.


On Urban Streets, Off-Roaders Stir A Noisy Conversation

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A community of dirt-bike enthusiasts in Baltimore is the focus of Lotfy Nathan's feature documentary, a film intrigued by the gray area between "They're a public-safety threat" and "This is a part of our culture."


'24 Exposures': A Would-Be Erotic Thriller, Without Focus

Thursday, January 23, 2014

24 Exposures, a thriller from the director of last year's more polished comedy Drinking Buddies, is a sex-driven whodunit more concerned with interpersonal relationships than with thrills or sexual chemistry.


'Big Bad Wolves,' On The Prowl In Tel Aviv

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A thriller from Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Kalevet) peppers a grim story — vigilante cop tries to track down a child's murderer — with plenty of uncomfortable black humor.


A Tournament Of Terror, But It's All About ... Empowerment?

Thursday, January 09, 2014

In Raze, women are made to fight each other to the death in the name of feminine self-determination. Critic Ian Buckwalter says John C. Waller's directorial debut doesn't have much to say about the violence-as-entertainment it purports to examine.


In 'Open Grave,' Plenty Of Open Questions

Thursday, January 02, 2014

If you didn't wake up in a pit full of corpses today, you're having a better day than the protagonist of Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's twisty new film — who also can't remember how he ended up in such a regrettable situation.


In 'Osage County,' A Family Consuming Itself

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The much-ballyhooed film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play has a mind-boggling cast and a bitterly funny script. Critic Ian Buckwalter says it can be so intimate and painful that you feel like you shouldn't be watching.


Ron Burgundy, Still A Legend In His Own Tiny Mind

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Will Ferrell's airheaded newsman heads to New York and a national platform — and more clueless self-humiliation. Critic Ian Buckwalter says the oddly lovable idiot is in fine form — and at the center of a veritable tsunami of absurdity in Anchorman 2.


Bilbo's Back, With More Baggage Than Ever

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gandalf, the dwarves, and the titular hobbit continue their quest for the mountain in the second of Peter Jackson's three Lord of the Rings prequels. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch star.


A Spinner Of Sad Songs, Struggling To Sing Past The Gloom

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)


Turns Out One Does Simply Walk Into More 'Thor'

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.