Getting ringside

Grappling with the truth

The gorgeously composed gloom sets in early in Foxcatcher and never really lets up. The film dramatizes the star-crossed convergence of fraternal Olympic wrestling champions Mark and Dave Schultz (Ch...
Only in dreams

What dreams may come

Was it only a dream? Six-year-old Sam (Noah Wiseman) wakes up in the middle of the night and scurries to his mother’s bed. He was having a nightmare, but so was Amelia (Essie Davis), or so it s...
Men killing men

Cold in July a wisely cagey neo-noir

The inciting incident of Cold in July plays out in just a few carefully edited, flat, almost perfunctory minutes—with so many incidents to come, this one’s best gotten out of the way as efficie...
Now you see me ...

Eternal uncertainty

A young Dutch couple Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna ter Steege) are on holiday in France. They drive a small car with twin bicycles mounted upright on the roof rack, like a pair of riderless...
Staring contest. Go.

Shooting for the Stars

Charting a constellation of has-beens, hangers-on and hopefuls, of celebrity Caligaris, doting agents and pre-pubescent divos, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, written by Bruce Wagner, is ...

Maniac Cop

Maniac Cop came out in 1988—the same year Lou Reed recorded New York. This was a transitional period in the cine-mythology of this most-filmed metropolis, before Rudy Giuliani’s transformative ...
It's the end of the world for one of them

Uncanny control

Does anybody remember Hal Hartley? Because it wasn’t that long ago that if you were interested in smart, independent American movies you couldn’t not know Hal Hartley. The whole notion of...