Outrageously talented writer-director Quentin Tarantino has made tightly constructed, polished films as well as outrageously diverging works of near-insanity.
He also is a brilliant critic, somewhat like Jean-Luc Godard, making movies about movies and deconstructing them in endlessly inventive ways. Read More
Maestro of menace Roman Polanski and four fine actors can’t reap sizzling satire from a slight idea in “Carnage,” a verbal slugfest based around the observation that upscale, sophisticated adults can behave more childishly than their squabbling kids. But they dramatize the urban truism vividly and entertainingly. Read More
"Water for Elephants” is an ambitiously presented dramatization of the best-selling big-top novel, and, sadly, it amounts to basically a hunk, a trunk and lots of Hollywood gunk as its story of forbidden love unfolds amid too-pretty Depression-era decor.
A story of this sort needs grit, originality, tension and passion. Instead, we get a routine love triangle presented mildly, meekly and with artificial sunshine. Read More