Olivia Wilde is, by most definitions, a Hollywood star, but the camera has never stayed with her, with her character’s needs, the way that it does in Joe Swanberg’s terrific new movie Drinking Buddies. Forget the billing, Wilde has had small...
A close, challenging look at beat cops.
Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) work together. They are buddies. They spend each long day in the front seat of a car riding around a South Central Los Angeles that looks like an urban war zone; battered, scarred and...
A fun and witty fantasy romance.
Pat Benatar was right: 'Love is a Battlefield'. In Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World the titular hero, indolent 22-year-old bassist and general avoider of commitment, genuine effort and responsibility Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), finds...
Don't sweat the small stuff.
Superficially, the high-school underdog at the centre of Jeff Blitz’s long-delayed Rocket Science is just another Napoleon Dynamite /Rushmore knock-off (when this film premiered in 2007, not too long after Napoleon Dynamite hit big, the clones...
Clooney takes flight in a thoroughly modern epiphany tale.
A truism that’s equally applicable to personal development and air travel is that you can’t help others until you help yourself. Director Ivan Reitman explores this concept to excellent effect in his thoroughly modern epiphany tale, Up in the Air.