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Film, "Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

"Looper": Time-Travel Is Thrilling Again

Early on in Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the future (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe asks the older one about the specifics of…
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Film, "Your Sister's Sister": Schmaltz with Sharp Dialogue

"Your Sister's Sister": Schmaltz with Sharp Dialogue

Beginning with a bilious toast and ending with a group hug, Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, her fourth film, expertly makes us squirm for about half its running time only to soothe us with empty pop-psych declarations. In Shelton's previous…
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Film, "The Five-Year Engagement": Trivial Fare Offers Flashes of Honesty

"The Five-Year Engagement": Trivial Fare Offers Flashes of Honesty

The Five-Year Engagement is as comfy and cute as the bunny costume Tom (Jason Segel, who co-scripted with director Nicholas Stoller) wears at the New Year's Eve party where he first meets Violet (Emily Blunt). The movie opens here in…
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Film, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen": Romance Diverts Humor

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen": Romance Diverts Humor

The kind of benign, swooningly humanist crowd-pleaser Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) could make in his sleep (and by this point, possibly does), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen mostly sacrifices the political satire and epistolary structure of Paul…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Sunshine Cleaning</i>

Sunshine Cleaning

More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters, and it feels almost like an afterthought. A film about sisters who go into the crime-scene clean-up business, it’s…
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Film, FilmCap

Sunshine Cleaning

More than a year after its first twirl at Sundance, this Amy Adams–Emily Blunt dramedy finally shrugs its way into theaters. It feels almost like an afterthought. A film about sisters who go into the crime-scene clean-up business, it's a…
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Film, Girls Interrupted

Girls Interrupted

Not many people saw Lost and Delirious, the 2001 boarding-school drama about two girls in obsessive love, and that was probably for the best. Yes, Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) made a stunning androgynous rebel, but she couldn't rescue the film…
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