Ian Buckwalter

Ian Buckwalter appears in the following:

Revisiting An 'Endless Summer'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

While corny and dated and even offensive in places, the seminal surfing film The Endless Summer, now getting a 50th anniversary re-release, remains a rich visual exploration of the freedom of a wave.


In 'Wish I Was Here,' Well-Covered Territory And Familiar Pitfalls

Friday, July 18, 2014

Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here feels like a spiritual descendant to his Garden State. As much as it shares his sensibilities, it also shares some of the earlier film's weaknesses.


U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quinn Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen, was born in New York City. His father reportedly lives in the San Francisco area.


Melissa McCarthy, An Unstoppable Force Imperfectly Deployed In 'Tammy'

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tammy finds Melissa McCarthy and her husband and collaborator, Ben Falcone, struggling with her particular combination of pratfalls and a fundamentally good nature.


The Satisfying Chill Of The Audacious 'Snowpiercer'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic tale of the last remnants of humankind trapped on a train to nowhere is the kind of idea-driven science fiction that deserves to be seen.


Writer, Wrong: A Complicated Road To Nowhere In 'Third Person'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Paul Haggis revisits the multithreaded structure he used in the Oscar-winning Crash, but he winds up creating a puzzle not much worth solving.


Familiarity But No Contempt: The Sequel Says 'Jump,' You Say 'Oh, Hi!'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The sequel 22 Jump Street succeeds in avoiding the fatigue that plagues many similar projects by playing into it so willingly that audiences are charmed into going along.


A Lively 'Tomorrow,' Lived Over And Over

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Tom Cruise time-bending action film Edge of Tomorrow brings a fresh and often witty approach to a potentially creaky genre — even if the ending can't keep the momentum going.


MacFarlane's 'Million Ways To Die In The West' Is An Assault Of Its Own

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seth MacFarlane writes, directs and stars in this Western about a sheep farmer who falls in love with an outlaw's wife. But jokes that weren't funny the first time aren't funny the sixth time, either.


A 'Cold' Thriller Of Fathers, Sons And Facial Hair

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cold In July, from talented genre director Jim Mickle, blends a tale of vengeance with a buddy film and a drama about fathers and sons.


'Godzilla' Brings The Spectacle Without Obscuring The Big Guy's Dark Past

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ian Buckwalter says that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a summer tentpole with some thought behind it — it's still a giant monster stomping around, but one with the capacity for a sigh of his own.


Jesse Eisenberg And Jesse Eisenberg In A Queasy Sea Of Despair

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg in a dual role as a meek man and his more dynamic doppelganger, may not succeed on every level, but its smart, thoughtful filmmaking makes it well worth the trip.


Such A Lovely Couple, If Only The Supervillains Would Leave Them Alone

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Marc Webb's latest superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, brings an utterly charming Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to a film wildly overstuffed with villains, plots, and even more backstory.


In 'Blue Ruin,' Revenge Is Not Served Cool

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The revenge drama Blue Ruin demonstrates that the famous dish, often served more cool than cold, can sometimes be more dangerous in the hands of the sincere but inept.


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)