Tomas Hachard

Tomas Hachard appears in the following:

Walking Through Bad City In The First 'Iranian Vampire Western'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ana Lily Amirpour's first feature borrows from B-movies, vampire movies, westerns, pulp traditions, and vigilante stories. The vision may not always be coherent, but it's fascinating.


'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.


Keystone XL Pipeline Proponents Vow To Try Again Next Year

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A bill in the Senate to bypass a State Department review and approve the controversial project failed to gather enough support Tuesday night. Pipeline backers fell one vote short of the 60 needed.


A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.


Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Reach Exceeds His Grasp

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Daily Show host Jon Stewart directs Rosewater, the story of a journalist who appeared on The Daily Show and was later imprisoned in Iran for months in 2009 while covering protests there.


'The Great Invisible' Views An Environmental Catastrophe From Many Sides

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Margaret Brown's soft-spoken documentary examines the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The film recognizes an instinct toward simplistic polarization, but pushes gently against it.


'The Heart Machine' Finds Subtlety In The Perils Of Online Dating

Friday, October 24, 2014

Zachary Wigon's debut feature explores what happens when a man suspects that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online, might be living in the same city.


In 'Listen Up Philip,' Literary Arrogance Stubbornly Refuses To Change

Friday, October 17, 2014

In the new film starring Jonathan Pryce, Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, two male writers prove far less clear-minded about their own behavior than the filmmaker is.


Bang The Drum Ever Faster In The Different Sports Arena Of 'Whiplash'

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Damien Chazelle's heart-pounding teacher-student drama, Whiplash, sets a combination of a sports film and a genius tale like The Social Network in the world of jazz drumming.


In 'The Blue Room,' An Uncertain Path Through An Affair

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Actor-director Mathieu Amalric's adaptation of a Belgian mystery novel features two lovers caught in a web of adultery and crime.


'Two Faces' Of Reinvention And Deceptive Identity

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst as three travelers grappling with matters of truth and perception.


'My Life' Asks: How Do You Leave A War Behind?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Poet Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country is a lyrical, haunting memoir of his military family, his service in Bosnia and Iraq, and the struggle he faced to adjust to life on the home front.


Terry Gilliam Sees Future Through Familiar Eyes In 'The Zero Theorem'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Terry Gilliam's latest sci-fi drama stars Christoph Waltz as a computer whiz working to decipher the titular equation. But the film's future is disappointingly similar to those we've seen many times.


An Unblinking Lens Turns Toward Lives In Poverty In 'Stray Dogs'

Friday, September 12, 2014

Stray Dogs is a challenging film about poverty, unconventionally structured and shot but faithful to the emotional resonance conveyed by its very long shots.


'Kelly And Cal' Alters A Familiar Premise But Walks A Worn Path

Friday, September 05, 2014

The story of a new mother struggling with the loss of her youth tries to reverse cliches about the maturation of childish men. But that effort struggles under the weight of other standard elements.


In 'The Congress,' An Animated Future Where Movie Studios Are Villains

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Israeli director Ari Folman creates a trippy, half-animated film that posits a world where movie studios eventually take over the world, allowing us to consume, literally, our entertainment.


'The One I Love': A Marriage That's Not Quite What It Appears

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The One I Love begins as an affecting story about marriage, but as it bogs down in too much explanation of its fantasy elements, it squanders good performances from Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.


Latin Roots: 'Mystical South America'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Writer and radio personality Catalina Maria Johnson explores a musical movement in Argentina. She first heard the music through visual arts and describes it as ecological, spiritual and organic.


'Frank' Talk: That's Michael Fassbender Inside That Big Head

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The offbeat film Frank, from director Lenny Abrahamson, shows compassion for its characters unevenly, but represents an interesting attempt to balance surreal comedy and serious matters of the mind.


'Blackboard' Chalks A Nostalgic Portrait Of School Days

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lewis Buzbee's account of his idyllic youth in the California public school system is relentlessly positive, though bracketed with criticism of current school policy and a firm call for more funding.