All posts for the month April, 2015

Ex Machina

Movie review by Greg Carlson Self-conscious, geeky coder Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a contest to visit the sprawling private compound of his boss Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), a computer genius using his billions to pursue artificial intelligence in the form of an erotically charged machine named Ava (Alicia Vikander). Screenwriter/novelist Alex Garland makes his […]

While We’re Young

Movie review by Greg Carlson Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are New Yorkers Josh and Cornelia, married and rocketing through their forties. Childless and conflicted about it, the pressure from old friends/new parents Marina (Maria Dizzia) and Fletcher (Adam Horovitz) doesn’t exactly help. Josh is a documentary filmmaker whose current project has consumed nearly a […]

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter

Movie review by Greg Carlson The erroneous report that Tokyo office worker Takako Konishi died near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota on November 15, 2001 looking for the money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi’s Carl Showalter in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s “Fargo” forms the basis of David Zellner and Nathan Zellner’s haunting, original “Kumiko […]

The Tribe

Movie review by Greg Carlson Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy engineers a jaw-dropping feature debut in “The Tribe,” a stylistic tour de force that juxtaposes the gorgeousness of cinematic execution against the horror of the narrative’s unrelentingly grim subject matter. Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, “The Tribe” follows new student Sergey (Grygoriy Fesenko) as […]