Joel Arnold appears in the following:
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.