Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Arsenal’
Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Arsenal’

Nicolas Cage feasts on more scenery as a Mississippi crime boss in Steven C. Miller’s melodrama. “Arsenal,” a pulpy crime drama about desperate characters and excessive carnage in Biloxi, Miss., is memorable primarily for some random scraps of loopy dialogue, the credible evocation of a sleazy demimonde rife with white-trash […]

Film Review: ‘See You Tomorrow’
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Film Review: ‘See You Tomorrow’

An over-the-top and indigestible romantic comedy produced and co-scripted by Wong Kar-wai lacking any of the auteur’s usual finesse. Overkill feels like an understatement when it comes to “See You Tomorrow,” a star-spangled, chintz-tinseled dramedy co-written and produced by Wong Kar-wai, featuring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as a barman who moonlights […]

Film Review: ‘Gurgaon’
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Film Review: ‘Gurgaon’

Photo courtesy of Macau Film Festival A brooding crime thriller in which a kidnapping exposes the avarice, sibling jealousy, and murderous past that plague a property mogul’s clan, “Gurgaon” is another entry into the school of designer genre films from India that first drew festival attention through Anurag Kashyap’s prolific […]

Film Review: ‘A Maid for Each’
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Film Review: ‘A Maid for Each’

The disturbingly caste-like treatment of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon is dissected with artful formalism in Maher Abi Samra’s sophomore documentary. Maher Abi Samra’s disturbing documentary “A Maid for Each” takes a cool-headed look at a Beirut agency that traffics — a charged word but a pretty accurate one — […]

Film Review: ‘Nut$’
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Film Review: ‘Nut$’

Tarantino vibes permeate this amusing, at times outlandish tale of a couple of beauties getting mixed up with a deadly gambling ring. French director Henri Barges blasts a cartoonish Tarantino vibe into Lebanon’s film scene with his enjoyably outre sophomore feature “Nut$.” Set in a privileged world of bored housewives, […]

Film Review: ‘Befikre’
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Film Review: ‘Befikre’

Smooches galore and impressive gym definition are more notable than the plot in this overly energetic twist on the old friends with benefits theme. Bollywood’s weakness for foreign locales gets the ultimate French twist in “Befikre,” a Paris-set contemporary romance that asks the age-old question: Can casual sex between friends […]

Film Review: ‘Gold’
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Film Review: ‘Gold’

Courtesy of Weinstein Co. Matthew McConaughey plunges deeper into the rabbit hole of wacky character transformation, playing a balding, pot-bellied prospector in ‘Gold.’ It’s too bad Matthew McConaughey already made a movie called “Fool’s Gold,” since the title would’ve been perfect for his latest, a bucking-bronco paydirt saga in which […]