Joel Arnold

Joel Arnold appears in the following:

A Panicky Pianist, Playing Like His Life Depends On It

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Eugenio Mira's thriller Grand Piano doesn't hit all of its notes perfectly, but it's daringly written — and ultimately compelling.


Mouse, Meet Bear, And Let's All Make Friends

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Warmhearted and dazzling, Ernest & Celestine has a lot to say about society's rules — and imagining life on the other side of its borders. (Recommended)


'Lego Movie': A Goofy Toy Story That Genuinely Clicks

Thursday, February 06, 2014

An order-loving businessman plans to destroy the Lego universe by permanently gluing all of its pieces together. Critic Joel Arnold says the film is a brash brand-merchandising exercise with a gratifyingly silly sense of creativity and play. (Recommended)


After A Crisis, A Long, Laborious Quest For A New Normal

Friday, January 24, 2014

Struggling to hold her family together after her husband suffers a personality-altering stroke, a mother forms a friendship with the doctor documenting her husband's case. Run & Jump is the feature-length debut from Oscar-nominated short-film director Steph Green.


A Churl Of A Squirrel, On The Make In The Big City

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The animated comedy The Nut Job follows a selfish squirrel (Will Arnett) as he gets involved in a nut heist, makes some really corny jokes, and learns to cooperate with the other critters in his community.


It's 'About Time' For Romance — And Rather More

Friday, November 01, 2013

The film, from writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) is a romantic comedy with a twist — a protagonist with the gift of time travel. Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy star. (Recommended)


A Crawl Through 'The World's End'

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.


Alone Together, And Learning What That Means

Thursday, August 08, 2013

David Gordon Green fuses oddball comedy and carefully observed drama in an intimate character study featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two roadworkers at large in the Texas wilderness, where a more figurative exploration is also underway — of what it really means to be alone. (Recommended)


To The Beaches Of Chile, Hallucinogens In Tow

Friday, July 12, 2013

Michael Cera anchors Sebastian Silva's off-kilter road-trip drama, playing a disagreeable American at loose ends in Chile. Gaby Hoffmann is the free spirit whose influence may change him for the better — if he's willing. (Recommended)


'The Heat': Broads In Blue, Kicking Buddy-Cop Behind

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Heat is more than just a buddy-cop movie; it sneaks in an emotional core in between its butt-whoopings. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, two wildly different funny ladies, prove to be a match made in action-comedy heaven. (Recommended)


'Now You See Me': An Unconvincing Con Job

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A new gang caper film — populated by the likes of Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine — makes promises it can't deliver. An FBI agent and and Interpol detective chase thieving magicians called the Four Horsemen, but a portentous tone and redundancy outweigh the action and flash.


This Time, It's A Dull Ache Of A 'Hangover'

Friday, May 24, 2013

In dumping his formula, director Todd Phillips has thrown out just about everything else that made the surprise-hit first movie even a little likable.


Tribeca Diary: Documentary Roundup

Friday, April 26, 2013

Our man at Tribeca swears he's going to screenings beyond the documentary slate. But with this look at a trio of intriguing films, Joel Arnold suggests that the docs are among some of the festival's best offerings.


Tribeca Diary: 'A Birder's Guide To Everything'

Friday, April 26, 2013

A charming and surprisingly moving coming-of-age tale, A Birder's Guide To Everything gives the noble art of birding its due. Writer Joel Arnold says the new film is a heartfelt, humanizing portrait of youth.


Tribeca Diary: 'The Kill Team'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A difficult, dense documentary that focuses on complicated matters of guilt and culpability, The Kill Team examines the story of a soldier charged with premeditated murder in Afghanistan.


Tribeca Diary: 'Red Obsession'

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A new documentary uses the banner Bordeaux seasons of 2009 and 2010 as a springboard for an analytical profile of the modern wine industry — in which France is both keen to slake China's thirst for good wine and wary of Chinese investment in viniculture.


Missed Sundance? Can't Do Cannes? Try Tribeca

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What's worth seeing at this year's 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan? Critic Joel Arnold lists a few movies he wants to see and explains why the little festival that could is still picking up steam and showcasing some great films.


In 'Paris-Manhattan,' A Limp Allen Homage

Friday, April 12, 2013

A romantic comedy saluting Woody Allen's contributions to the genre ought to be bound for success, n'est-ce pas? Not so with Paris-Manhattan, a meandering film that takes a smart premise and runs it into the Paris streets.


A Film So 'Wrong' It's Almost ... Um ... Wha???

Friday, March 29, 2013

There's a lot of strange in Quentin Dupieux's Wrong. Ostensibly, the latest film from the director of Rubber is about a quest for a beloved and missing canine, but with the bizarre twists and turns along the way, who can really tell what's going on?


A 'Hunky Dory' High School Musical

Thursday, March 21, 2013

As chipper and breezy as the summer term its students long to escape, the indie musical Hunky Dory cheerfully ignores the consequences of its plot holes. A spirited performance from Minnie Driver holds interest, though, as does a David Bowie-focused Shakespearean musical.