Wake in Fright – Ted Kotcheff, Australia/USA, 1971, 109 minutes Wikipedia page critic reviews via Metacritic Quest for Fire – Jean-Jacques Annaud, Canada/France/USA, 1981, 100 minutes Wikipedia description reviews via IMDb Wake in Fright, summarized by the distributor as "the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts...

Jean-Marc Vallée, USA, 2014, 115 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Of all of my Netflix recommendations, Wild might be the one that I have the most reservations about. This film, directed by Quebec's own Jean-Marc Vallée from a script adaptation by Nick Hornby, is like sitting down for two...

Pablo Larraín, Chile/France/USA, 2012, 118 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Marketing, as it overlaps with public relations—or "communications" as PR now re-markets itself—is a subject that has fascinated me for many years now, particularly for the ethical issues that it raises. I still regularly meet people who decry all...

We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay) – Jorge Michel Grau, Mexico, 2010, 89 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic We Are What We Are – Jim Mickle, USA, 2013, 105 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic So many remakes, especially the most common kind—English-language versions of foreign-language horror films—seem...

Sini Anderson, USA, 2013, 81 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic Snappily edited, and brilliantly music-sequenced, this Kathleen Hanna bio-doc offers a fascinating story that is as much about a personal evolution through feminism as it is about music. Pop culture checkpoints in the film include Hanna contributing the title "Smells Like...

Errol Morris, USA, 1988, 103 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic This documentary owes its outsized reputation not just to its groundbreaking/influential cinematic style, but more than anything to the fact that its indisputable analysis freed the wrongly-convicted Randall Adams, who had been sentenced to life in prison for a cop-killing...

Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller, USA, 2014, 134 minutes Wikipedia page critic reviews via Metacritic Moneyball – Bennett Miller, USA, 2011, 113 minutes Wikipedia description critic reviews via Metacritic In most reviews of Foxcatcher there is very little criticism of what's actually on screen. The few negative comments tend to focus on what's not there—and that might be because, for...