The Great Gatsby 3.5 stars Directed by Baz Luhrmann Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan Rated PG-13
Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” filters F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel through the unmistakable eye of a cinema artist, a paragon of stylistic filmmaking excess. Attaching Luhrmann’s name to a beloved source is an inherent gamble; any movie the “Moulin Rouge” director makes...Read more »
Dead Man’s Burden 2.5 stars Directed by Jared Moshe Starring Barlow Jacobs, Clare Bowen, David Call Not Rated Playing at Village East
Jared Moshe’s “Dead Man’s Burden” belongs to the brutal school of Westerns, that minimalist strain of filmmaking in which the frontier’s vast emptiness mirrors the brutality of the soul. It ignores the grand Western myths, instead opting for an uncompromising...Read more »
The Iceman 3 stars Directed by Ariel Vroman Starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta Rated R Playing at Lincoln Square and Landmark Sunshine
“The Iceman” is awash in grimness, a relentlessly downbeat mob movie with a terrifying protagonist. But one shouldn’t expect sunshine and roses from a biopic starring Michael Shannon as notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski,...Read more »
The Lords of Salem 1.5 stars Directed by Rob Zombie Starring Sheri Moon Zombie Rated R
Rob Zombie’s sixth effort as a feature film director finds the metal icon shifting away from the saga of Michael Myers and “Halloween” and toward a centuries-old coven of witches from Salem, Mass., another potent horror institution.
But “The Lords of Salem” is a jumbled mess in which Zombie evokes...Read more »
In the House 3 stars Directed by François Ozon Starring Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ernst Umhauer Rated R In French with English subtitles Playing at Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine
The storyteller is in some ways a cursed sort, devoting his life to observing and conveying the actions of others.
All the world’s a stage to the protagonists of “In the House,” the new film...Read more »
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 3.5 stars Documentary directed by Molly Bernstein Not rated
In the new Tom Cruise film, “Oblivion,” you’ll see space ships and robots, but they’re still not as unbelievable as some of the card tricks you’ll see in the documentary “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.”
In this film, there’s a clip of the...Read more »