| Nov 25, 2011
| 4:32 PM
In two recent films -- David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" -- Richard Wagner's music pervades the soundtrack as well as the story lines, informing the psychology of the characters while adding crucial sonic subtext.....
| Jan 7, 2012
| 4:37 PM
The National Society of Film Critics, which is made up of 58 the country's major film critics, rarely agrees with the picks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And the group likely stayed true to form with their picks for 46th annual...
| Nov 16, 2011
The holiday movie season is a crowded beast. So we asked filmmaker Hilton Carter, a MICA grad who now lives in Los Angeles, to give us his picks for what he can't wait to see. Carter, 31, whose dark short film "Moth" aired earlier this year on HBO, cut...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 8:07 AM
Opens Nov. 23. Criterion, 86 Temple St., New Haven. (203) 498-2500; opens Dec. 2. Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford. (860) 232-1006.
No filmmaker inflicts pain like Lars Von Trier. The master of excruciating situations that try...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 12:47 PM
Lars von Trier has long rivaled Hamlet as the most melancholy of melancholy Danes. With “Melancholia,” his new film, he makes it official.
Fifteen years ago, Von Trier had his first real American success with “Breaking the Waves,”...
| Nov 24, 2011
| 9:50 PM
George Miller is no stranger to first-class animated films featuring talking animals. He directed the revered classic "Babe," which was nominated for Best Picture. He also directed the first "Happy Feet" movie, replacing talking pigs, dogs and sheep...
| Dec 15, 2011
Allow me to begin my take on this morning's Golden Globe nominations with a sigh of relief: the extremely shallow, incredibly exploitative assumed Oscar contender "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," one of the worst movies of the year, received zero...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 8:15 AM
In space, no one can hear you scream — but everyone can hear the classical music loud and clear.
Science-fiction movies have had a long affinity for classical music, and the relationship is a fascinating and complex one. In "Prometheus," Ridley...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 10:45 AM
Noted for the unexpected in his films, director Lars von Trier ("Dogville") scores again on that count as an interplanetary crisis puts Earth on a collision course.
The threat parallels the internal crisis a young bride (Kirsten Dunst, who was named best...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 5:43 PM
This strange film from Lars von Trier (“Breaking the Waves,” “Dogville”), which topped my favorites list for 2011, is now available on Blu-ray disc and DVD. It's an impossible movie to categorize sensibly: One can call it “...
| Nov 10, 2011
**** (out of four)
The stunningly beautiful, remarkably powerful film from writer-director Lars Von Trier bears plenty in common with “The Tree of Life,” if “Tree” were an extraordinary vision of flawed human behavior in the...