Movie Review: Words & Pictures

What a lovely film Words & Pictures is. Clive Owen plays an arrogant literature teacher and Juliette Binoche is his equally arrogant art-teaching rival. Their inevitable romance is more sarcastic than sweet and the personal demons of the two teachers threaten to make their mock "war" real. The best parts of the film are the literary... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son is an exquisite, mesmeric French film about family drama, a picturesque vineyard and a whole lotta wine. The film centers on an elderly, coldhearted owner (Niels Arestrup) of a prestigious family vineyard who shamelessly plots to disinherit his own disappointing son (LorĂ nt Deutsch) in favor of his ailing manager's more... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Run & Jump

Will Forte garnered critical claim for his performance in Nebraska, but the SNL's dramatic debut in the lesser known film Run & Jump was just as noteworthy. Based on a true story, the poignant Irish indie dramedy depicts an uptight neuro-psychologist (Forte) who moves in with a boisterous Irish family while conducting a case study... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: A Case of You

A Case of You is an indie romantic comedy starring Justin Long and Rachel Evan Wood with some hilarious cameos by Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and Vince Vaughn. I had mixed but mostly very positive feelings about this odd little film. Justin Long stars as a struggling writer who basically stalks and seduces Rachel Evan... Continue Reading →

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past more than lives up to the hype. It's not only far superior to the previous films in the X-Men series, but it's the best of all the modern superhero movies. There's actual character development this time around and the direction as well as the use of music in the film... Continue Reading →

Veronica Mars the Movie!

Sadly, the Veronica Mars movie isn't playing in my local theater. Thankfully, though, its unusual theatrical release was accompanied by a simultaneous On Demand release, so we were able to watch the film its opening weekend from the comfort of the Muruch home. And it did not disappoint. The cool opening sequence gives a quick... Continue Reading →

Saving Mr. Banks

Very good, though not quite as good as most critics say and not nearly as Mary Poppins-centric (or as factual) as previews imply. Emma Thompson is brilliant as always. Would've been much more enjoyable with more of the poignantly funny Emma Thompson/Jason Schwartzman/BJ Novak writing scenes and less of the depressing flashbacks. But I liked... Continue Reading →

DVD Review: The Man on the Train

The Man on the Train is a quietly remarkable, intelligent, intensely poetic film about the unlikely and somewhat bittersweet friendship between two very different men. A remake of the French film, L'Homme du Train, The Man on the Train stars U2's Larry Mullen and the brilliant Donald Sutherland -- the latter of which really deserved... Continue Reading →

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