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Culture, The Exhibitionist

When Directors Love Their Stars: Frances Ha and Yellow at the Toronto Film Festival

Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. For maybe the first hour of Yellow (written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, the man responsible for the national treasure that is The Notebook), I kept…
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Film, <i>My Sister's Keeper</i> is honest about illness but false about everything else

My Sister's Keeper is honest about illness but false about everything else

Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald's parents didn't just plan for her — they customized her in utero, with the specific end of providing spare parts and infusions for her leukemia-sick older sister, Kate. From a 2004 Jodi Picoult best-seller, My Sister's Keeper…
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Film, This Is Their Brain on Drugs

This Is Their Brain on Drugs

At face value, Alpha Dog — based on a real-life story that's still waiting for its ending — plays like an amped-up, drugged-out episode of Dragnet: In 2000, a gang of SoCal kids kidnapped and murdered 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz, a…
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