'The Song' is a well-worn, one-note story

25 September 2014, 5:46 pm

A ceaseless, hurtin' tune of a music-driven romantic drama, "The Song" plays out its tired refrain with all the subtlety of a Sunday sermon.... Read More »

‘Local Sightings’ spotlights Pacific Northwest film talents

25 September 2014, 8:16 am

Seattle’s Local Sightings Film Festival expands its schedule to 10 days this year, and offers some strong if disturbing documentaries, along with more quirky feature films from moviemaking talents across the greater Pacific Northwest. Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 2014.... Read More »

Film Review: 'Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere'

21 September 2014, 6:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A gauchely translated English title does little justice to the refined sensuality and sly strangeness of "Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere," an immediately distinctive feature-length debut for Vietnamese femme helmer Diep Hoang Nguyen. Though it's steeped in a rich,.... Read More »

Star Wars 'anti-Vietnam War'

21 September 2014, 2:55 pm

Secrets of the Star Wars movies, including the origins of famous characters and its original intention of being a Vietnam War protest, have been revealed in a new book.... Read More »

Star Wars secrets revealed: why trilogy was an anti-war protest and how R2D2 got his name

21 September 2014, 11:47 am

A new book lifts the lid on the world of Star Wars, claiming that George Lucas intended his film as an anti-war protest... Read More »

How ‘Star Wars’ was secretly George Lucas’ Vietnam protest

21 September 2014, 1:47 am

When filmmaker George Lucas showed a rough cut of his third feature to his friends Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg in the spring of 1977, Spielberg thought it was...... Read More »

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' offers action and commentary

13 September 2014, 11:16 am

New this week on disc and VOD are 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Godzilla,' 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 'Eraserhead.' New this week on disc and VOD are 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Godzilla,' 'The Fault in Our Stars' and &#... Read More »

Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Congress’, ‘Kelly & Cal’, ‘Frontera’, ‘Memphis’, More

5 September 2014, 8:14 am

As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway with North American and World debuts of films that will hit Awards Season and beyond,a good number of seasoned films that have traveled the festival circuit are finally making their way into the Specialty Box Office. Drafthouse Films will open... Read More »

An oblivious 'Longest Week' quickly wears out its welcome

4 September 2014, 6:31 pm

In "The Longest Week," veteran commercial director Peter Glanz channels the sensibility of Wes Anderson on a set that evokes Woody Allen's opulent Uptown Manhattan, but the lack of originality is far from the film's biggest sin.... Read More »

'Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere' ('Dap canh giua khong trung'): Venice Review

1 September 2014, 12:39 pm

Nguyen Hong Diep's first full-length film zeroes in on a pregnant teenager confronting the mundane realities of inner-city life in Hanoi. read more... Read More »