Talking Pictures: Up close

by David Templeton“I thought there was a chance that Straight Outta Compton would be a powerful, truthful film,” remarks rapper, actor and police officer...

Film: Screwball nouveau

by Richard von BusackMore haywire than fashionably brittle, Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America is built on a Berlin Stories/Breakfast at Tiffany’s model. It’s told in...

Film: Coming of age

by Richard von BusackFor the evocative, if sweetened, adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical novel Diary of a Teenage Girl, director Marielle Heller cast British...

Film: Going rogue

by Richard von BusackTom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is described by his boss Alec Baldwin as “the living manifestation of destiny” in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation....

Film: His last case

by Richard von BusackWhen you see Sherlock Holmes’ name, you expect adventure and danger, not a memory piece, which is why there’s something disconcerting...

Film: A bug’s life

by Richard von BusackIn Ant-Man, set in San Francisco, scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) must keep the shrinking suit he invented back in the...

Film: Body and soul

by Richard von BusackThe documentary Amy is deeply sad. It isn’t purely an investigation into the death of Amy Winehouse at 27, or of...

Talking Pictures: Change is good

by David TempletonSome movies, and certain post-film conversations, aren’t easily forgotten. Twenty-four hours after my talk with Dr. Myra Gueco Bernecker—whose private therapy practice...

Film: War was hell

by Richard von BusackThe new adaptation of Vera Brittain’s memoir Testament of Youth proves one glib rule of filmmaking and disproves another. First, it...

Film: Bedside manners

by Richard von BusackSomething innocent and sweet survives in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl to balance out a manipulative, conniving streak so...