Here's how surprisingly effective "Hope Spring" is: It will make you want to go home and have sex with your spouse afterward. Or at least share a longer hug or a more passionate kiss.
The Bathtub is a place of myths and wonders, a broken down teardrop of Louisiana marsh and mud in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and the setting for an extraordinary new drama whose fierceness, like its 6-year-old heroine Hushpuppy, grabs on and won't let go.
Jack Kerouac's stream of consciousness novel "On the Road" comes to the screen more or less intact as a not-altogethersatisfying road trip into the Beat Era. The "Motorcycle Diaries" team of director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera have made an "unfilmable book" cinematically coherent, capturing the geographical possibilities, the feel and flavor of this blend of biography and Beatnik history.
For its first half, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is as lost and out of sorts as its title. Is it a comic romance set during Earth's final days, a dark lampooning of every If I had a week to live/Party like it's 1999 cliche you've ever heard?
Ang Lee is perhaps the most famous Taiwanese-born film director working today. His films, from martial arts spectacular "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (臥虎藏龍) to cowboy romance masterpiece "Brokeback Mountain," have captivated audiences across the world.
Finally -- finally! -- the "Twilight" franchise embraces its own innate absurdity with the gleefully over-the-top conclusion, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2."
Although its name doesn't indicate it clearly, "When a wolf falls in love with a sheep" recounts a love encounter between two young adults who've lost their purpose, searching for their next step in life.
"Trouble With the Curve" is a baseball dramedy that telegraphs its pitches, an amiable, meandering character study whose big plot points hang there like the curveballs of its title. We see them coming a long time before they cross the plate.
From the outset "When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep" really just looks like your everyday rom-com with the boy-meets-girl-falls-in-love scenario. It is set, however, in a world we might consider quite the opposite of romantic -- stressful, suffocating cram schools.1 Comment
Amovie about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis probably doesn't sound like it would be a laugh riot -- or should be -- but that's just one of the many ways in which "Argo" is a glorious, gripping surprise.