The best of the worst, ’95 – ’14

The best of Vue … and it can, now and then, be the worst of views. Still, as a reviewer, you hope the worst brings out the best in you—you have to sink your pointed teeth into the juicy rump-ro...
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...
Flightless birds on an adventure

Penguins of Madagascar

From its icily satirical start—mocking nature docs, especially March of the Penguins, under the doleful, Teutonic direction of Werner Herzog, voicing himself—to its madcap, monsters-in-Manhattan mega...
Presumably trying to avoid dysentery out on the trail

Hardship on the homestead

We all know Tommy Lee Jones’ face from his dozens of memorable roles in blockbusters and Oscar favourites alike (No Country For Old Men, The Fugitive, and to a lesser extent Men In Black). His ...
Kind of a boring game, this time around

Mocking Us

The thing about splitting the end of a trilogy into two movies—the modern, assuredly money-making trend in adapting novels into cinematic franchises—is that movie one is always the less-satisfying pa...