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Film, "Mama": Less Scary Than a Call From Mom

"Mama": Less Scary Than a Call From Mom

A chiller about two abandoned little girls and their bond to the wraith of the title, Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would suggest. Instead, the movie — the first feature by Andy Muschietti — distracts with too…
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Film, "Take Shelter": Marriage and Madness Before the Storm.

"Take Shelter": Marriage and Madness Before the Storm.

Standing outside his small-town Ohio home, Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) looks up at the ominous, slate-gray sky. The clouds open, raining down oily, piss-colored droplets. It's a phenomenon that only Curtis seems to witness and the first of many private,…
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Film, "Tree of Life": Terrence Malick's Big-Budget Experimental Film Worth Working For

"Tree of Life": Terrence Malick's Big-Budget Experimental Film Worth Working For

Including glimpses of Sleeping Beauty in her glass coffin, the rings of Saturn, and a roadside Texas barbecue, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life bears a variety of forms — and invites as many reactions. You may feel amazed or…
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