Spectre

In the fourth James Bond outing for Daniel Craig, and the second for director Sam Mendes, the filmmakers are clearly trying to pull out all the stops, but the trouble is, they’re the wrong stops. Spectre has what we want from a Bond movie: A lot of action as our super-spy attempts to...

Blue is the Warmest Color

Director: Abdel Kechiche Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos Review: 4 stars (of five) Controversial as all hell, winner of unprecedented accolades at Cannes, and clocking in at a solid three hours long, Blue is the Warmest Color is not the easiest film to review. In short, the actresses are excellent and the direction is, in many ways, wonderful. But at the same time that Abdel Kechiche does marvelous things with a constantly roving, claustrophobically intimate camera, his storytelling choices are often a bit bewildering. Start with the running time: The film is patently self-indulgent. There are scenes that are not needed, and...