Review: Kink

Ken Korman submits to a new documentary about the world’s leading purveyor of bondage videos
An 80-minute documentary about, the world's leading purveyor of BDSM videos (bondage, dominance and submission, sado-masochism, etc.), Kink is intended for general audiences unfamiliar with this subset of the estimated $13 billion-a-year internet porn industry. But that doesn't make it easy to watch.

Review: Land Ho!

Ken Korman on a spirited indie road movie about two old fellows who travel across Iceland
Hollywood doesn't make many movies about older people. Rightly or not, studio executives tend to believe that only young and beautiful stars attract the all-important youth demographic to theaters.

Review: Magic in the Moonlight

Ken Korman says Colin Firth and Emma Stone are fine, even if it’s not top-shelf Woody Allen
"Warm and breezy" is a phrase not often applied to the funny yet angst-ridden films of Woody Allen, but it's a fair description of Magic in the Moonlight. A period piece set in the 1920s and shot amid the natural splendor of the French Riviera, the film may be the first from Allen to qualify as a traditional summer movie.

Review: Rich Hill

Ken Korman on the documentary about three kids growing up in a mined-out coal town in the Midwest
The winner of this year's Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Rich Hill examines the lives of three boys ages 13 to 15 living in the mined-out coal town of Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393). The kids have very different personalities, strengths and challenges, but each lives with the twin burdens of absent or barely functioning parents and deeply entrenched poverty.

Review: Mood Indigo

Ken Korman says Audrey Tautou is one of the best things in Michel Gondry’s dreamy tale of love
American-made films with an unmistakably French sensibility have been the hallmark of French director Michel Gondry's unusual career. Movies like Gondry's early masterwork Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (for which he won an Oscar as co-screenwriter) and Be Kind Rewind (in which video clerks remake movies like Ghostbusters after accidentally erasing a store full of tapes) use wildly imaginative visuals to support surreal visions of American culture.

Review: Calvary

Ken Korman on John Michael McDonagh’s unique thriller: a murder mystery about a murder that hasn’t happened yet
The term "Calvary" refers not only to the site of Christ's crucifixion as described in the Bible but also more generally to an experience of extreme mental suffering. Both meanings resonate deeply in Irish writer/director John Michael McDonagh's harrowing film.

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