The Dissolve: Reviews latest reviews from The Dissolveen-usTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500300Do I Sound Gay?<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Mixing the personal with the cultural and historical, David Thorpe&rsquo;s documentary investigates the changing sound of his own voice and the way gay men present themselves.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Me In Montenegro<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen turn their personal experience into fodder for this slight but charming indie about a frustrated American filmmaker and a Norwegian dancer he loved and lost.&nbsp;</span></p> Craig J. ClarkTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Suicide Theory<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Despite repeated attempts to off himself, an Aussie theorizes that he cannot commit suicide successfully until he feels genuine and complete happiness. Given that catch-22 of a premise, this twisty drama is full of ironies.&nbsp;</span></p> Charles BramescoTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Jox <br>Thrashin’<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nostalgia for the earnestness and moral clarity of &rsquo;80s genre movies accounts for the Blu-ray release of two mild exploitation movies, one a proto-<i>Transformers</i> about robots and the other featuring a skateboarding Josh Brolin.&nbsp;</span></p> Noel MurrayMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Soldiers<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Before his horror breakthrough <i>The Descent</i>, Neil Marshall made a terrific debut with this movie-crazy werewolf thriller, about military exercises gone terribly wrong in the Scottish wilderness.&nbsp;</span></p> Craig J. ClarkMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 And Her Week Of Wonders<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jaromil Jires&rsquo; 1970 Czech New Wave classic delves into the subconscious of a 13-year-old girl, which takes her through a fantasy realm, but reflects the adolescent experience as well as any coming-of-age film ever made.&nbsp;</span></p> Judy BermanMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This French-Belgian animated co-production takes its designs from Disney, its setting from Michel Ocelot, and its story from history. But in spite of the complications, it&rsquo;s a fairly simple film.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Stereo<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Mel Rodriguez III&rsquo;s ostensible romantic comedy concerns the on-again/off-again relationship between two intensely unlikeable people, but doesn&rsquo;t seem to recognize what disagreeable company they make.&nbsp;</span></p> Mike D'AngeloThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500’s Hall<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Socialist director Ken Loach mixes Irish politics with dance-hall giddiness in what may be his final film, a period piece about James Gralton, the only Irishman ever to be deported from his country.</span></p> Vadim RizovThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Dog<p class="p1"><span class="s1">While shooting <i>Winter&rsquo;s Bone</i>, director Debra Granik met Ron &ldquo;Stray Dog&rdquo; Hall and began shooting a portrait of his life. Her doc about him is at least five films in one.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 & Ryan<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Ami Canaan Mann&rsquo;s third feature offers a refreshingly mature, tender romance between two musicians over the course of a few days in Ogden, Utah. But she retreats to convention when it matters.&nbsp;</span></p> Mike D'AngeloWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Land<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A thrilling documentary explores the borderland where those on both sides of the drug war end up with dirty hands.</span></p> Scott TobiasWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p class="p1"><span class="s1"><i>Senna</i> director Asif Kapadia unpacks the mysteries of Amy Winehouse&rsquo;s tragic life with a heartbreaking documentary that exposes the toxic influences around her, and the mysteries at the core of her music.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Genisys<p>The fifth entry in the increasingly convoluted&nbsp;<em>Terminator</em>&nbsp;series gets some mileage out of Arnold Schwarzenegger&rsquo;s turn as an aging T-800, but the franchise has exhausted its creative energy.</p> Keith PhippsTue, 30 Jun 2015 11:54:52 -0500 Mike XXL<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A sequel to Steven Soderbergh&rsquo;s hit film about male </span><span class="s2">strippers</span><span class="s1"> entertainers delivers the goods on a bigger, looser, just-as-entertaining scale.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Poem Is A Naked Person<p>Long considered the great lost Les Blank documentary, this digressive portrait of rootsy rock star Leon Russell, now restored and released after four decades, finds poetic ways around its surly subject.</p> Noel MurrayTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Mala<p class="p1" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><span class="s1">Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini&rsquo;s ambitious documentary surveys nine people in Puerto Rico at unique points on the spectrum of transgender and transexual experience.</span></p> Jen ChaneyTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p>A beyond-twisty thriller co-written by Aaron Sorkin and Scott Frank looks even better now than it did in 1993.</p> Scott TobiasMon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Easy Pieces<p>Bob Rafelson&rsquo;s New Hollywood classic is remembered for its famous diner scene, but there&rsquo;s much more to cherish about this character study, which explores the surprising roots of Jack Nicholson&rsquo;s blue-collar oilman.</p> Noel MurrayMon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Man From Rio <br> Up To His Ears<p>While the French New Wave gets all the attention from cinephiles, the popular films of the day get left out of the conversation. A new double feature of escapist Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicles offer a glimpse.</p> Craig J. ClarkMon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p>An ex-military dog helps a kid come of age in a family drama that hits familiar notes.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 25 Jun 2015 11:59:00 -0500 Begins<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This documentary tracking a viral-phenomenon Make-A-Wish Foundation project is the feel-good documentary of the year, but there are niggling doubts under all those good feelings.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Princess Of France<p>Argentinian director Mat&iacute;as Pi&ntilde;eiro (<em>Viola</em>) continues his weightless riffs on Shakespeare with this wispy tale of a lothario gathering a cast for a radio version of <em>Love&rsquo;s Labour&rsquo;s Lost</em>.&nbsp;</p> Mike D'AngeloThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<p>A provocative film goes to extremes&mdash;conceptual and otherwise&mdash;as it examines rape and revenge.</p> Scott TobiasThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 2<p>Seth MacFarlane&rsquo;s signature mix of thoughtless provocation, lazy gag-writing, and sitcom technique combine for a hugely disappointing sequel to his surprise 2012 comedy hit.&nbsp;</p> Genevieve KoskiThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500