The canniness of Gray's procedure is matched by the boldness, even the recklessness, of the extremes to which he pushes it-along with his characters, his story, his emotions, and his techniques. The Laundromat Anthony Lane. How can a parable that set out to take the side of little people, versus gargantuan greed, end up using them as disposable comic fodder?
The Goldfinch This sprawling yet rushed adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel is textureless and flavorless. Moment by Moment A superb romantic melodrama Monos What Landes has done is to revise, and to render yet starker, the premise of "Lord of the Flies. Hustlers Scafaria insightfully builds the action around the two women's interviews with a journalist, but the duo's methods The Sound of Silence An exciting idea and a cast with the flair to convey it go to waste in this overplotted, underdeveloped science-fiction mood piece. Ready or Not This horror comedy muffs both the humor and the drama.
Klein Our Hospitality Buster Keaton's ingenuity, acrobatics, and romanticism flourish equally in this antic twist on melodrama Afterglow The actors deliver their lines with stark and declamatory fervor, and their gestures have a sharp, sculptural stillness that's reminiscent of the grand artifices of classic-Hollywood productions. The miracle of the film is that Losey had the imaginative guts to probe his own fears and failings.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette As Bernadette, Cate Blanchett is forced to do the work that Linklater doesn't devote to developing the story or characters. Eren Orbey. This new offering in the hide-and-seek horror genre rests on a foundation of class warfare and achieves a deft balance between gruesome horror and black comedy.
The Day I Became a Woman A masterwork of symbolic cinema; it depicts, with vast imagination, the ordeals faced by women in modern Iranian society. Give Me Liberty At once breakneck and tolerant, "Give Me Liberty" manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American.
Tigers Are Not Afraid It gets its claws into you, and won't let go. Family tragedy, legal matters, and the World Cup all zip through the drama, which has a miniseries' worth of incidents that get dispatched in quick, merely informational scenes filmed with little style or imagination. Jawline Party Girl Ray's direction, with its garish, searing streaks of color red has rarely slashed the screen so violently , sharp diagonals, and quickly lurching wide-screen views, reflects its characters' raging energies and inner conflicts.