The Monuments Men (2014)

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett Directed by: George Clooney PG-13. 112 mins. A frustrating film unsure in it’s tone and wasteful of it’s talents, The Monuments Men has predictably fabulous production but fails at instilling a real sense of passion for the subject…

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban Directed by: Wes Anderson PG-13. 94 mins A beautifully whimsical and well-acted film that just might be Mr. Anderson’s best work to date. It’s 1965 and on an island just off the coast of…

Howl (2010)

Starring: James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker Directed by: Jeffrey Friedman & Rob Epstein R. 85 mins. Franco stars as young poet Allen Ginsberg during the infamous public obscenity trial sparked by his poetry. The film involves Ginsberg recounting aspects of his life that inspired him to write such…

Recount (2008)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson, Laura Dern, Bob Balaban, Denis Leary, John Hurt, Ed Begley Jr. Directed by: Jay Roach R. 116 mins A ‘talky’ and intelligent docu-drama detailing the controversial election of 2000 which came down to just one state: Florida. Kevin Spacey plays Al Gore’s former chief of staff who, after hearing that…

Gosford Park (2001)

Starring: Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins, Stephen Fry, Kelly MacDonald, Derek Jacobi, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe Directed by: Robert Altman R. 138 mins. Under the guise of a murder-mystery, Gosford Park is a careful examination of the ridiculous English class structure that…

Ghost World (2001)

Starring: Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, Scarlett Johansson, Illeana Douglas, Brad Renfro, Bob Balaban Directed by: Terry Zwigoff R. 111 mins Painfully funny and heartfelt, Ghost World benefits from the brilliant cast and Zwigoff’s admirable translation of Daniel Clowes’ award-winning graphic novel to film. Enid and Rebecca (Birch and Johansson) are best friends who have recently…