HOME BEFORE DARK (Mervyn LeRoy, 1958)

At 136 minutes, Mervyn LeRoy’s low-key Home Before Dark, about a woman back home after she is released from a mental hospital, probably requires a bottle of good unblended scotch to navigate and get through; but it’s largely absorbing, attractively wintry gray (the black-and-white cinematography is by Joseph Biroc), and beautifully acted by Jean Simmons […]

HUGO (Martin Scorsese, 2011)

Perhaps the signature achievement of Hugo, the protracted, diffuse, grandiose film of Brian Selznick’s 2007 graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is the seamlessness that filmmaker Martin Scorsese (best director, National Board of Review, Boston critics, Golden Globe) conjures between Ben Kingsley’s (otherwise unconvincing because humorless) Georges Méliès, who looks nothing like the pioneer […]