Maps to the Stars (2014)

David Cronenberg’s latest film is a strange hybrid beast. It’s a Hollywood satire (or perhaps rude farce) about the vanity, venality, and stupidity of Hollywood stars, agents, hangers-on, and wannabes, but it’s also a heart-rending melodrama about hidden family secrets … Continue reading

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Zhì qu weihu shan, 2014)

Tsui Hark’s latest cinematic spectacular is based on an episode in Qu Bo’s 1957 novel, Tracks in a Snowy Forest, as filtered through the Peking Opera called Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy. Grady Hendrix’s review of Tsui’s film has a … Continue reading

Predestination (2014)

This Australian production by the brothers Michael and Peter Spierig is an extremely faithful adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s solipsistic time travel classic, “–All You Zombies–“. Heinlein’s 1959 story, which I’ve read only once, is one of the best attempts at … Continue reading