‘Skin’: another genre-mixing Pedro Almodovar movie

Working at the rate of a movie a year, and maintaining an incredibly high standard of quality, Pedro Almodovar has to compete first and foremost with himself each time he delivers a new picture. The

‘Miss Representation’: where do women find role models?

I’ve written here before about the wonderful documentary programming on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), but the film debuting tonight at 9 p.m. — “Miss Representation” — is not up to the high

‘Who Am I This Time?’: before Jonathan Demme got serious

Nine years before “The Silence of the Lambs” turned Jonathan Demme into a Hollywood bigshot, the director made one of the most charming short films of the modern era, “Who Am I This Time?” The

‘The Carey Treatment’: lively thriller from an early Crichton book

Blake Edwards had one of the most eclectic filmographies of any major American director — everything from the slapstick Inspector Clouseau comedies to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to unheralded thrillers

‘New York in Color’: the past gets a present tense

Because so many great art photographers of the past tended to shoot New York City in black-and-white, the new Abrams book “New York in Color” will come as a revelation to fans of the metropolis and of

Are you joining the ‘Drive’ movie trailer class action lawsuit?

Movie trailers seem to keep getting worse and worse as the studios become more desperate to bludgeon us into submission. These theater ads either give away too much of the plot or they promise us

‘Heights’: have a martini with Glenn Close & Elizabeth Banks

Longtime readers of this blog are aware of my affection for a little known 2005 independent film “Heights” which I have pushed as a video rental suggestion more than once. When it came time to put

Justin & Usher: communing with the ghost of Michael Jackson

The EPIX premium channel has come up with an interesting double-feature starting tonight at 8 p.m. — first the Justin Bieber concert documentary, “Never Say Never,” and then “Usher: Live from